Late summer colour

Glorious late summer colour

As August transitions into September many gardens still amaze with riots of colour. Take a look at some of the top picks across all our regions in England and Wales and enjoy summer’s last hurrah!

South East          London               East
East Midlands        West Midlands     Wales
Yorkshire and the North West

South West

Stoneleigh Down in Tockington, nr Bristol opens on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. It has been densely planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs for year-round interest.

In Cornwall, Kestle Barton, Helston is a riot of colour in summer and continues to delight well into late summer. They have multiple open days in August and September.

Late summer border

Kestle Barton, Cornwall

Also in Cornwall we have the National Dahlia Collection, Penzance. All types of dahlias are exhibited from dainty pompoms to huge decoratives amounting to 1600 named varieties bred and grown here. Open day on Sunday 22nd September. And at Gardens Cottage, St Blazey, the vision of the owners is to create a country garden that is sympathetic to its stunning surrounding landscape, has year-round interest with lots of colour, is productive and simply feels good to be in. Open days on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th September and also open by arrangement.

Trench Hill in Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire is open on Sunday 25th August and Sunday 15th September and also by arrangement. There is a variety of herbaceous and mixed borders, rose garden, extensive vegetable plots and wild flower areas.

South East

In Berkshire, Boxford House, Newbury has a emphasis on roses and scent throughout the 5 acre main garden and St. Timothee, Maidenhead, colour themed borders planted for yr-round interest with a wide range of attractive grasses and perennials. Both open by arrangement.

Chenies Manor Gardens, Rickmansworth, Buckinghamshire where the gardens are divided into a series of compartments with various colour themes and structural forms, combining imaginative planting and beautiful plant associations. Open day Tuesday 3rd September.

Chenies Manor Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Chenies Manor Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Wheatley House in Bordon, Hampshire has sweeping, mixed borders and shrubs which are spectacular with colour throughout the season, particularly in late summer. Open days Saturday 17th and 18th August and also open by arrangement.

Radcot House

Radcot House in Oxfordshire

Radcot House in Oxfordshire is approximately 3 acres of dramatic yet harmonious planting in light and shade, formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages. Open days on Sunday 18th August and Sunday 6th October and also by arrangement.

Woodbury Cottage in Reigate, Surrey is a colour themed garden which is still rich and vibrant in September. Open days on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September and also open by arrangement.

Dense summer planting

Hill Farm, Surrey

Hill Farm in Dorking, Surrey has a wildlife pond, woodland walk, a tapestry of heathers and glorious late summer grasses and perennials. A garden to be enjoyed by all. Open day on Sunday 15th September.

In West Sussex, Parsonage Farm in Kirdford is formally laid out on grand scale with long vistas; C18 walled garden with borders in apricot, orange, scarlet and crimson; topiary walk; pleached lime allée; tulip tree avenue; rose borders; large vegetable garden with trained fruit; turf amphitheatre; lake; informal autumn shrubbery and jungle walk. Open day Sunday 8th September and also open by arrangement.

Formal late summer garden

Parsonage Farm, West Sussex

In East Sussex, Knightsbridge House, Hailsham has lots of late season colour with grasses and some magnificent specimen trees; also partly walled garden. Open days Wednesday 11th and Saturday 14th September.


24 Grove Park in Camberwell is an exotic jungle of lush big leafed plants, ponds and Southeast Asian influences. Open day on Sunday 1st September. Also 95 Woodland Way, Winchmore Hill is a new garden this year which is fabulous in late summer. Open day on Sunday 8th September.

Lovely summer borders

95 Woodland Way, London


Castor House in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire is 12 acres of gardens and woodland on a slope, terraced and redesigned 2010 with Italianate spring fed ponds and stream gardens, peony and prunus walk, rose and cottage gardens and ‘Hot’ double border. Open day on Sunday 18th August.

Glorious late summer colour

Ulting Wick in Essex

In Essex there is a plethora of late summer colour gardens. Ulting Wick in Maldon has dramatic late summer beds with zingy, tender, exotic plant combinations. Open days on Monday 26th August and Friday 6th September and also open by arrangement. Furzelea in Danbury has colour coordinated borders and beds enhanced with topiary, grasses and climbers. Their openings on Wednesday 11th September and Sunday 15th September includes Dahlias, Asters and late exotics. They are also open by arrangement. And also Parsonage House, Haverhill  is 3 acres of formal gardens with mixed borders, topiary, pond, potager and greenhouse. Open day on Sunday 8th September.

Hot border

Furzelea in Essex

In Suffolk The Old Rectory at Nacton have Salvia, Dahlias and Heleniums give late summer/autumn interest in their just under 2 acres of garden divided into areas for different seasons. their open day is Sunday 15th September and you can also visit by arrangement.

Late summer flowers close up

The Old Rectory in Suffolk

East Midlands

Honeytrees Tropical Garden in Bottesford, Leicestershire has exotic planting as you enter the garden giving way on a gentle incline to more surprises to include glass houses dedicated to various climatic zones interspersed with more exotic planting. Open days on Friday 9th, Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th August and also open by arrangement.

68 Watts Lane, Louth, Lincolnshire is a lush, colourful, exotic plant packed haven with exotic borders, raised exotic island, long hot border, ponds, stumpery. Open days on Sunday 11th, 18th and 25th August and also open by arrangement.

Tropical garden

68 Watts Lane, Louth, Lincolnshire

Coton Manor Garden in Northampton, Northamptonshire opens with Ravenswood on Sunday 8th September. The garden is at its most magnificent in September, and is an inspiration as to what can be achieved in late summer.

In Nottinghamshire, Norwell Nurseries is a jewel box of over 2,500 different, beautiful and unusual plants sumptuously set out in a one acre plantsman’s garden incl shady garden with orchids, woodland gems, cottage garden borders, alpine and scree areas. Open days Sunday 29th September and Sunday 13th October. Also Spring Bank House in Sutton in Ashfield has Mediterranean planting, a bog garden, a summerhouse and a white garden, a water table from India and lion statues from Nepal. Open day Sunday 1st September.

Late summer border

Coton Manor, Northamptonshire

West Midlands

Morton Hall Gardens, Redditch, Worcestershire is one of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Perched atop an escarpment with breath taking views, hidden behind a tall hedge, lies a unique garden of outstanding beauty. Open day Saturday 31st August.

stunning pink border

Morton Hall Gardens, Worcestershire

There are many lovely late summer gardens in Shropshire including Goldstone Hall with Sedums and Roses stunning in September who has open days on Wednesday 14th August and 4th September and also open by arrangement. Also Edge Villa nr Yockleton, Shropshire has large herbaceous borders with many unusual plants and fragrant roses. Open day on Sunday 8th September and also open by arrangement.  97 Clays Lane, Burton-on-Trent, opens for the first time under the scheme on Sunday 18 August, with a sequence of enticing garden rooms and finally, Ruthall Manor in Bridgnorth sits beautifully within the stunning Shropshire countryside. Set against the Clee, the 1- acre garden is defined by an unusual and mature collection of architectural trees, which subtly divide the garden into intimate sections. Open days on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, also open by arrangement.

Colourful border and tree

Goldstone Hall, Shropshire


Llandough Castle in Cowbridge, Glamorgan is set within castle grounds with a backdrop of an ancient monument. The 3½ acres of garden include a contemporary twist on a Victorian kitchen garden with a hint of the Mediterranean, formal lawns and herbaceous beds. Open by arrangement only. Also open by arrangement in Glamorgan in 23 Henllys Road, Cardiff, an urban garden with cottage style planting, some unusual shrubs, perennials, and bulbs, which try to provide all year round colour.

In Gwent, Croesllanfro Farm, Newport is two acres of informal, mass planted perennial borders. Late summer, early autumn brings the the garden to a finale with an explosion of colour, incl an exotic garden. Open day on Sunday 18th August and also open by arrangement.

Colourful border

Croesllanfro Farm, Gwent

In Monmouthshire, Highfield Farm in Pontypool has the classic elements – kitchen garden, small orchard, mixed borders, gravel garden and shrub walk, prairie garden with considered plant choices. Open day on Sunday 1st September and also by arrangement. Also Old Llangattock Farm is a riot of gorgeous huge dahlias. Open day on Sunday 15th September and also open by arrangement.

In Powys, Pont Faen House, Knighton has colourful perennials, shrubs, and 40 varieties roses with good late summer colour. They are open by arrangement only.

Abundant late summer garden

Pont Faen House, Powys

Yorkshire and the North West

Great Cliff Exotic Garden in Wakefield is an exotic garden on a long narrow plot. Possibly the largest collection of palm species planted out in Northern England including a large Chilean Wine Palm. Colourful exotic borders with Zinnias, Cannas, Ensete, Bananas, Tree ferns, Agaves, Aloes, Colocasias and bamboos. Open day on Sunday 18th August and also by arrangement.

Exotic garden

Great Cliff Exotic Garden, West Yorkshire

Fernleigh in Sheffield is a Plantswoman’s ⅓ acre cottage style garden. Large variety of unusual plants set in differently planted sections to provide all-year interest. Open day Sunday 25th August and also by arrangement.

In Lancashire, Stanhill Exotic Garden, Accrington is a lush exotic style garden containing palms, tree ferns, bananas, and many other unusual plants. Open days on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

In Cumbria, Yewbarrrow House is a colourful four acre garden filled with exotic and rare plants, with dramatic views over the Morecambe Bay. Dahlias, cannas and colourful exotica are a speciality. Open Sunday 1st September and also by arrangement.

Open by arrangement, Woodend House also in Cumbria is designed to be beautiful throughout the year. Meandering gravel paths lead around the garden with imaginative, colourful planting.

Woodend House in Cumbria

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