It's all about autumn at Charlecote Park
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Charlecote's gardens continue to offer something to interest everyone throughout autumn. Come and find inspiration to extend the season in your own garden, or simply enjoy the last vivid flush of colour in the Parterre before our garden team clears it for mulching and planting thousands of spring bulbs in October.
Colour even into November
From September, all along the Long Border, tall blue spires of monkshood look dramatic and the asters and sedums continue to attract many butterflies on warm days. Dwarf chrysanthemums come into their own now, filling the gaps left as the early summer displays die down.
Along the extended croquet lawn borders pink and white cosmos continue to brighten things up, and as late as November there’s still time to see scabious and dahlias, which remain in flower until the frosts and our garden spades get to them.
Plants our visitors always ask about
Along the long border the scarlet dahlias are Witteman's Best and the purple dahlias at the far end are Blue Bayou. The hazy clumps of grass along the croquet lawn borders are Panicum elegans Frosted Explosion. Don’t miss the sugar-pink nerines nestled along the Green Court wall behind the espaliered fruit trees - the final new flowers of the old year.
The shrubs by the blue gates close by always attract comment too - on the left is Clerodendrum bungeii with its large heads of pink flowers, which is also aptly known as the glory flower. On the right is Abelia grandiflora, holding its delicately scented flowers for months on end.
Climbers for tricky sites
Flowering prolifically into autumn is Clematis jouiniana on the north wall of the house alongside the croquet lawn, and if you’re looking for another climber for a tricky north wall you’ll also enjoy the masses of yellow bells of Clematis rehderiana that you can see on your left as you leave Green Court to go towards the stables and tea garden.
Busy keeping things colourful
Once the greenhouse has been cleaned we’re ready to dig up the dahlias to store in there. We’ll also be planting up all the urns and pots with winter bedding and spring bulbs, ensuring that the vibrant display outside the Orangery restaurant in particular continues to lift our spirits as the days shorten.
Looking after our bees
Finally, our autumn jobs also include feeding our bees in the hives behind the stables with a sugar solution to keep them going over the winter, treating them for varroa mite and, of course, arranging for this year’s honey to be bottled ready for sale in the shop.