Autumn colour in the gardens at Charlecote
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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
All along the Long Border, tall blue spires of monkshood look dramatic and the asters and sedums continue to attract many bees and butterflies on warm days. Sunshine yellow rudbeckias and white cosmos with frothy feathery foliage brighten the border.
Along the croquet lawn borders long-flowering double deep pink cosmos are still flowering well, and as late as November there’s still time to see the red-tinted miscanthus grass and yellow Honka dahlias which remain in flower until the frosts and our garden spades get to them.
Plants our visitors always ask about
In our huge Whichford pots by the gates and along the long border the purple dahlias are Blue Bayou. The blackcurrant-purple salvias are a variety called Amistad - we'll be taking cuttings in our greenhouse for next year as they won't survive a cold winter. 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. You'll find this planted on the long border too, where the flowers seem to be lasting even longer. On the right is Abelia grandiflora, holding its delicately scented flowers for months on end.
Climbers for tricky sites
Flowering prolifically into autumn is starry 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.