Exploring Greenway garden in autumn

A man, woman and dog sat on benches in Greenway garden in Autumn

Greenway's woodland garden is ripe for autumn explorations. You can crunch through fallen leaves, spot wildlife on the River Dart, and enjoy the last blaze of colourful planting in the garden.

Colourful foliage

Along the driveway the black gum tree (Nyssa sylvatica) and acers all have fantastic displays of autumn colour. The grass border between the walled gardens and the Clock Golf lawn is also a riot of colour at this time of year, with grasses such as Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' and ‘Fairy Tails’ in flower. From the Middle Path you can see a riot of colour from Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) and Liquidambars. 

The colour on the trees isn't reserved just for their leaves: look out for Chilean myrtles (Luma apiculata) dotted throughout the garden. Their white scented flowers are a highlight in September, contrasted against their cinnamon-coloured bark. Along the Middle Path and Hydrangea Walk you'll also find paperbark maples (Acer griseum), with their peeling papery brown bark. 

The autumn colour of the black gum tree is striking
A black gum tree in autumn leaf
The autumn colour of the black gum tree is striking

Floral displays

Although autumn is here, there's still plenty to see in flower. Throughout September and October the hydrangeas along the driveway, the Hydrangea Walk and around the tennis court provide some great autumnal colour. Cyclamen bring pops of purple to the driveway.

You can follow your nose to the holly-leaved sweet spire (Itea illicifolia) flowering near the Walled Garden and at Clock Golf, with its honey scented drooping flowers. Also in the border by the tennis court you'll find clerodendron bungei, with hot pink flowers and distinctive smelling foliage - you have been warned. The dahlias and anemones are also in flower at Clock Golf. 


Fruitful harvest

Headed-flowered dogwood (Cornus capitata) which grow across the garden, and the Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa 'chinensis') at Clock Golf, all fruit in autumn. Their strawberry-like fruits are loved by birds. In front of the house, beans are growing on the Catalpa ovata, and in the Walled Garden apples are ripe on the trees. The allotment, cared for by local school children, is ready to harvest.