Autumn gardens in the South East

As long summer nights give way to cooler days, the colours in our gardens in and around the South East slide gently into warming tones. From the burgeoning dahlias and bulging pumpkins at The Vyne in Hampshire to early harvest pickings at Smallhythe Place in Kent, the holidays may be over but many shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials aren’t ready to pack up just yet.

The herbaceous border at Polesden Lacey at sunset.


September is a fantastic time to visit the gardens at Polesden Lacey as they mellow into a romantic tangle of repeat-flowering perennials.

Dahlias in front of a greenhouse at The Vyne


The Vyne's walled garden is awash with hundreds of exotic dahlias in a rainbow of colours whilst thousands of dahlias in pretty pastels and hot reds and oranges dominate flowerbeds at Hinton Ampner.

The south cottage in September


Warm reds and gold mark out the South Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst, which is a riot of colour in late summer and nearby Ightham Mote's orchard dazzles in the early evening sunlight.

Parterre gardens in autumn


Watch the garden at Waddesdon as it changes seasons, the leaves begin to fall and the scenery appears in a whole new light. Or visit Hughenden's walled garden, bursting with produce in September.

Orange and yellow flowers of Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ in Mottistone Gardens

Isle of Wight 

At Mottistone, the warm, sheltered location provides the perfect setting for flowers to blossom under the September and October sun. This means that the gardens are still full of colour in late summer.

The Rose Garden at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire


The summer may be over, but nobody told the gardens around Berkshire. They're still looking lovely in the September sun and in many places you can see (and taste) the kitchen garden produce being put to good use.

Garden volunteer at work at Chastleton House


Admire the fruit and vegetables in Chastleton's gardens as they reach their peak in September or see stunning bedding displays on the parterre at Waddesdon Manor.

South African border in late summer at Nymans

West Sussex 

The borders are in full flight at Nymans in Handcross, while the garden at Standen, near East Grinstead, looks beautiful in the September light.

The Ornamental Vegetable Garden at Osterley Park and House, Middlesex, in September, with the Stables seen in the background.


Seek out the Shagbark Hickory with its soft buttery tones in the grounds of Osterley Park and House or swathes of colour from Morning Glory and Russian Flag at Fenton House and Garden.

Down by the boathouse at Scotney Castle, Kent

East Sussex 

Pay a visit to see the red and gold in the South Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, or take a stroll by the boathouse to view late summer colour in grounds of Scotney Castle.