An autumn colour selection

Autumn colour in sussex

As the colours change and the air gets crisper there is still much to see in our gardens. Here are a selection of some of the gorgeous autumn colour gardens we have open in September and October.

South West 

St Monica Trust, a retirement community in Bristol are opening on Sunday 27th October. It will be their first autumn opening for us where they will be able to show off the colours of the season in their arboretum.

South East

Autumn colour in sussex

High Beeches in Sussex

High Beeches Woodland and Water Gardens in Haywards Heath, Sussex is 25 acres of enchanting landscaped woodland and water gardens with many rare and beautiful plants, an ancient wild flower meadow and glorious autumn colours. Their open day for the National Garden Scheme is on Sunday 22nd September.

Brightling Down Farm in Dallington, Sussex is open by arrangement and includes a Zen garden, water garden, walled vegetable garden with two large greenhouses, herb garden, herbaceous borders and a new woodland walk.

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens in Slough Buckinghamshire boasts lovely autumn colours around the gardens and especially in the rock garden. Their open day is Sunday 13th October.


Watergradens in London

The Watergardens, credit: Matthew Bruce

The Watergardens in Kingston Upon Thames is open on Sunday 20th October. It is approx 9 acres with ponds, streams and waterfalls and many rare trees which, in spring and autumn, provide stunning colour. For the tree lover this is a must see garden.

East of England

Woodland autumn garden

Green Island, Essex

Green Island, Ardleigh, Essex  is ‘A garden for all seasons’. A plantsman’s paradise with 20 acres packed with rare and unusual plants. Carved within mature woodland are huge island beds, Japanese garden, terrace, gravel garden, seaside garden, water gardens and extensive woodland plantings. Open day on Saturday 12th October.

The Place for Plants in East Bergholt, Suffolk is a 20-acre garden originally laid out at the turn of the last century by the present owner’s great grandfather. It is full of many fine trees and shrubs, many seldom seen in East Anglia. Open day on Sunday 6th October.

The Barn Arboretum in Norwich, Norfolk is currently some 14 hectares, lying on the south slope of a 50 metre hill from which there are extensive views to the north east across some ornamental ponds built in the C18, and towards Great Yarmouth and the sea.



The Midlands

In Northamptonshire, Sulby Gardens, Boughton House and Briarwood all have openings which celebrate the season. While in Lincolnshire Norwell Nurseries has an open day on Sunday 29th September and Sunday 13th October.  This is a beautifully laid out garden, and a showcase for the National Collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums and the National Collection of Astrantias.

Millichope autumn colour

Millichope Park, Shropshire, Credit: Val Corbett

In Shropshire, Millichope Park is historic landscape gardens covering 14 acres with lakes, with cascades dating from C18, woodland walks and wildflowers. Their open day for the National Garden Scheme is on Sunday 13th October.

Four Seasons, Walsall is a quarter-acre garden is noted for its autumn colour, with 120 acers and many deciduous azaleas giving a spectacular show. They have open days on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.



Dingle garden in Wales

Dingle Nurseries and Garden

Dingle Nurseries and Garden in Welshpool has a huge variety of rare and unusual trees, ornamental shrubs and herbaceous plants and is set in hills of mid Wales. Open days for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.

Autumn sunset

Plas Dinam, credit: John Campbell

Plas Dinam in Llandinam is open by arrangement until November. It has 12 acres of parkland, gardens, lawns and woodland set at the foot of glorious rolling hills with spectacular views across the Severn Valley. Glorious autumn colour with parrotias, liriodendrons, cotinus etc.

North of England

In Cumbria, Low Fell West is open on Sunday 20th October. This 2 acre woodland garden in the tranquil Winster Valley has extensive views to the Pennines. The four season garden, restored since 2003, incl expanses of rock planted sympathetically with grasses, unusual trees and shrubs, climaxing for autumn colour.

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