In England, we're pleased to have been able to keep our gardens, parks and outdoor spaces open through the current lockdown. From 2 December, we'll be able to reopen some houses and welcome you to sit in our cafés again. In tier 3, indoor areas will remain closed and cafés will be takeaway only. Please follow your area's tiering system and government guidance when planning a visit.
Following Welsh government guidance, all places in Wales are now open for Wales residents, and we're pleased to be welcoming many of you again.
In line with Northern Ireland Executive circuit break restrictions, our gardens and parks in Northern Ireland will open from 28 November. All houses, shops and visitor centres will stay closed during the circuit break until 11 December, and cafés will be takeaway only.
Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.
In this article:
- Autumn gardens and parks near you
- Autumn flowers and plants to look out for
- How to make your garden wildlife-friendly
- We need your support: Help us care for our gardens and parks
We’re still working hard to keep our gardens looking their best. But with fewer staff and volunteers to help out, things may look a little different on your visit. Please bear with us as we adjust to these challenging times.
Dahlias bloom from late summer until the first frosts. Their vibrant colours and variety of shapes can be found in many gardens.
Autumn Colchicums appear from August to October, and give a bluish hue to flowerbeds. They're commonly called 'naked ladies' because they can appear without foliage.
The Japanese maple tree gives a pop of true red colour to gardens at this time of year and can create some peaceful shaded areas in the afternoon autumn sun.
Autumn asters produce masses of long lasting, daisy-like flowers and are a great perennial plant for a sunny mixed border, as well an important source of nectar for insects in autumn.
The magenta pink that nerines bring to gardens is enough to brighten any cold autumn morning — these are long-lasting autumn blooms.
From hedgehogs rustling in the crispy leaves to chattering birds sitting on a branch up above, wildlife can be found right on your doorstep. There's loads you can do for nature in your garden to make it a haven for all sorts of creatures. Find inspiration on how to help the creatures who love to visit your garden, and make a promise for nature to create a home for wildlife.
Consider planting annuals such as cosmos or perennials like bellflower. Certain herbs such as rosemary, lavender and sage are all great sources of food for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
By installing bird boxes and feeding birds you can make sure they thrive. Put your bird box up high in a sheltered site. In spring, provide protein-rich feed, such as fat balls.
By letting some or all of your lawn grow you will make space for many plant and insect species, including butterflies and wildflowers.
These clever boxes will attract a variety of insects including bumblebees, lacewings and ladybirds which will preserve a healthy ecological balance in your garden.