September colour

beech walk devon killerton garden autumn colour

Find out what plants are brightening up the garden and grounds this month.

September is a great time for colour and scent in the garden. Once the meadows are cut, Cyclamen hederifolium start to rear their heads creating wonderful woodland carpets.

Cyclamen starting to push their way through.
Cyclamen growing in the woodland.
Cyclamen starting to push their way through.

Blooms abound lower in the garden with many herbaceous plants still flowering. Amongst them, look for Hydrangea 'Ayesha' , a most distinctive and unusual hydrangea. Otherwise known as Silver Slipper, it has a faint but distinct fragrance.

Distinctive and unusual hydrangea.
Hydrangeas in Killerton garden
Distinctive and unusual hydrangea.

The fragrance of Ligustrum quihoui is hard to miss. Just below the memorial cross, this waxyleaf privet is a favourite with honey bees and copes in almost all situations, including exposed spots such as the place it occupies here at Killerton.

Beautiful fragrance near the memorial cross
Ligustrum quihoui growing in the garden at Killerton
Beautiful fragrance near the memorial cross

Another plant that has fantastic scent is Cercidiphyllum japonicum or the Katsura tree. Early to drop leaf, it gives off a scent of burnt sugar as it turns for autumn.

Fancy getting your hands dirty?

Would you like to get involved? Would you like to learn new skills, meet new people and help look after this special place?

We are always interested to hear from people who would like to volunteer with us. If you would like to join our group of volunteers that help to maintain these beautiful grounds, please contact Jess Meale (Volunteer Development Manager) on 01392 883189 or at jessica.meale@nationaltrust.org.uk. Alternatively, to directly discuss volunteering with one of the gardening team, contact Geoff Byers (Gardener) at geoff.byers@nationaltrust.org.uk or on 01392 883141.