Autumn colour at Croome

Stretch your legs and take a walk through some gorgeous seasonal colour of flaming reds, vibrant oranges and golden yellows with great autumn views in the parkland.

Autumn is a season of plenty with the trees and shrubs bearing fruit and a great time to gather blackberries, damsons, sloes and nuts.

Keep your eyes peeled for fungi growing amongst the leaf litter.  Giant puffballs, shaggy ink caps, brackets and Orange Mycena are just a few.  How many can you spot during your visit? Never eat any fungi you have picked without being absolutely sure of the identification, verified by an expert.

Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank
Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank
Flammulina velutipes, known as Velvet Shank

A stroll near the lakeside rewards visitors with a palette of rich colours with orange horse chestnut leaves dipping into the water edge, look for the red rose hips, yellow birch tree leaves and the magnificent swamp cypress.

Swamp Cypress in full autumn colour
autumn colour around the lakeside
Swamp Cypress in full autumn colour

Children can enjoy collecting conkers and jumping in the crunchy leaves – why not try to catch a falling leaf to complete challenge 33 of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’.

‘Capabilty’ Brown, the famous 18th century landscape designer, used a huge number of herbaceous plants in his design at Croome.  Tall, floaty, purple verbena, the seed heads of the huge cardoons, pink flowers on the turtlehead and late flowering asters give autumn interest to the “flowering stud” (an 18th century term to a tightly planted bed of flowers) near the statue of Pan.  Our gardeners leave the seed heads on the verbena and cardoons for the birds to eat.

Cardoon heads in the shrubbery
caroon seed heads
Cardoon heads in the shrubbery

In mid autumn the tender plants in pots that have enjoyed the summer outside are returned to the Temple Greenhouse to overwinter.

Moving the delicate plants back into the greenhouse
Croome Autumn in the Temple Greenhouse
Moving the delicate plants back into the greenhouse