Autumn colour at Hinton Ampner

Lawn in walled garden, with church behind

Discover the ever-changing garden at Hinton Ampner. No matter what season you visit, there will be something to delight and inspire. With exceptional views over the South Downs from the south lawn and the sunken garden to the lily pond and the walled kitchen garden, there is always something beautiful to enjoy.

Visit the garden at Hinton Ampner for magnificent displays of rich autumn colour. The shortening days and cooler climes are ideal conditions for dahlias which bloom right through until the first frost, providing blasts of bright pinks, hot reds and oranges, yellows and creams.

Bundles of cyclamen flourish around the garden whilst rare variety Buddleja Macrostachya provides bees and other insects with a late feast. 

The herbaceous autumn border by the walled garden thrives with delicate white Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind', the fiery oranges and reds of Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer and the purple and pink hues of Hydrangea aspera Hot Chocolate and Sedum Hylotelephium 'Karlfu’

There's still lots on show in our gardens in autumn
Gravel path between flower borders and lawn in walled garden
There's still lots on show in our gardens in autumn

Harvest in the kitchen garden is in full flow, with an abundance of produce in all colours being picked, cut and pulled for use in the café.

Around the lily pond, and in other spots of the garden, rose A Whiter Shade of Pale continues to flower until the end of November. Chosen for their hardiness as well as their delicate colour, the delightful scent of these roses perfumes the air into early winter.

Deep pink dahlia Fascination fills the kitchen garden's borders
Deep pink dahlias in a border with hedging
Deep pink dahlia Fascination fills the kitchen garden's borders
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Dahlias at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner’s dahlia displays reach their peak in early autumn. Here, head gardener John Wood reveals how he planted over 500 of these exotic beauties on his own, during lockdown. Dahlias were a great passion of former owner Sir Ralph Dutton. On your visit you’ll find beautiful displays all around the 14 acre gardens.

Beautiful autumn colours appear throughout the gardens at Hinton Ampner
Autumn colour at Hinton Ampner
Beautiful autumn colours appear throughout the gardens at Hinton Ampner

From the back of the house you can gaze out over parkland littered with yellow and gold foliage from ancient oaks and beeches, interspersed with the deep red hues of Norway maple. Walk through the park and you’ll enter magnificent woodland filled with towering beeches, creating a bronze leaf canopy.

Hinton Ampner's historic parkland is full of ancient trees
A veteran tree in Hinton Ampner's ancient parkland
Hinton Ampner's historic parkland is full of ancient trees