Exploring the garden in autumn
As summer fades to autumn, the colours in the garden vary from vivid to mellow. The Hot Border is ablaze with red and orange planting, which is mirrored by the autumn leaves on trees such as acers, the Persian ironwood tree (parrotia persica) the tulip tree (liriodendron), and katsura tree (cercidiphyllum).
The Hot Border
A walk through the woodland at the top of the garden is a must at this time of year. You can crunch through fallen leaves and enjoy the views over the garden and out to sea. The garden team are working on developing areas of wild flower meadow amongst the woodland, so during autumn they will be sowing some seed of yellow rattle (Rhinonanthus minor). This annual plant is semi-parastic on grass, which weakens the grass growth, allowing a more diverse range of wild flower species to grow. The seed is sown in autumn so that it receives a prolonged period of chilling through the winter to initiate germination the following spring.