Gardens

Late colour in the borders

Be inspired by the colourful planting in our gardens

Be inspired by the colourful planting in our gardens

Our autumn borders are still full of colour and interest, although the strong winds in August certainly took their toll on some of the taller plants. There's lots to inspire you along the long border and late flowering clematis drape the walls.

The parterre is still resplendent with colour, but we'll be taking everything out soon to plant thousands of bulbs for spring. The woodland garden is a tranquil haven, filled with unusual plants like toad lilies and alien-looking arisaemas.

As we reach the end of summer our dahlias are really at their best and there's still plenty to inspire you and to enjoy.

What we're up to now

Our gardens team regularly post news of their exploits on our blog.

Take a look to find out what we're doing throughout the year - how we manage the gardens, what's happening behind the scenes and what we'll be doing in the future.

You can find out more on one of our exclusive garden tours and talks.

There are films from the garden team on our YouTube channel too.

Discover more in the gardens

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden © National Trust

Take a seat and enjoy the shady tranquility of the woodland garden

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote © Jana Eastwood

Come and play in the gardens at Charlecote

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Discover more in the gardens

Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the lush planting in the borders © Jana Eastwood

Stroll through the gardens and enjoy the lush planting in the borders

  • Listen for birdsong and look out for the ladybirds, bees and other insects
  • Try a game of croquet with family and friends
  • Take a seat and enjoy our hard work.
  • Chat to our volunteer gardeners about anything that interests you.

Ornamental millet

Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty in the croquet lawn borders © National Trust

Find it along the croquet lawn borders.

Our visitors have been fascinated by this annual grass - Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty, to give it its full name.

This exotic-looking annual is easily grown from seed and is happy in containers or to give height and structure in the border in any site or soil. The young plants start off green and turn rich purple as they age. The birds, of course, will love you if you leave the seed heads for them to feed on in autumn.

Dahlia Honka

Dahlia Honka in the gardens at Charlecote Park © National Trust

Find it along the croquet lawn borders and in pots by the Orangery.

One of a new star-like range of dahlias, the simple yellow flowers really stand out in our borders and the long stems make this an ideal cut flower too.

Dahlias are perfect for pots or borders and will flower well into October but we'll lift the tubers and overwinter them in the greenhouse as cold, wet soil will turn the tubers to mush.

Red bistort

Persicaria amplexicaulis brightens the woodland garden © National Trust

Find it in the woodland garden.

Persicaria amplexicaulis "Firetail" is a tough perennial which lights up the woodland garden with its red flowers for many weeks throughout summer.

Although related to Japanese knotweed and inclined to spread, this is not an invasive plant. It's reliable in most soils but prefers a little shade. The fact that our bees really love the flowers is another bonus for this reliable plant.

Clerodenrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei is loved by butterflies in late summer © National Trust

Find it by The Turret door and along the long border.

Also known as Mexican hydrangea as you can see from its flat pink flower heads which always attract plenty of our bees.

This reliable hardy perennial can spread but we don't consider it to be too invasive. it's also supposed to be a little tender in the coldest of winters but our plants have survived for many years. It's gives great self-supporting structure to any late summer border.

Itea ilicifolia

Honey-scented itea ilicifolia thrives on the east wall of the house © National Trust

Find it on the front of the house.

Known as Sweet Spire, this glossy-leaved shrub produces incredibly long racemes of light green honey-scented flowers in late summer.

It's happy even in the relatively dry soil against a wall where it can eventually reach 4m in height. The evergreen foliage can suffer in the coldest winter winds but once established, this is a very hardy plant.

 

Winter interest

The gardens are open every day - come and enjoy the fresh air.

Enjoy the frosted sculptural forms in Green Court and look out for the first snowdrops.

The joys of spring

There are scented shrubs to lift your senses all around, and colour from thousands of bulbs in the parterre.

Enjoy the subtle pinks of masses of hellebores in the woodland garden.

Midsummer borders

Colourful bedding and scented purple heliotrope fill the parterre

There's something new in flower every week on the long border and around the croquet lawn.
Be inspired by the shady woodland garden and enjoy the rainbow of colours in the parterre.

The gardens in summer.
 


 

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