September gardens in and around East Sussex

As long summer nights give way to cooler days, the colours in our gardens in and around East Sussex slide gently into warming tones. The holidays may be over but many shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials are still looking their best. Pay a visit to see the red and gold in the South Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, or take a chance to view late summer colour in the rose garden at Bateman's. Every time you admire the flowers you help us plant displays for next year.

Gunnera growing in September in the wild garden at Bateman's, East Sussex


Take a late summer stroll through the September colour in the rose garden, or meander down to the wild garden to see majestic gunnera. As autumn approaches there’s the promise of plums, apples and pears from the orchard.

South Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Warm reds and gold mark out the South Cottage Garden, which is a riot of colour in late summer. Embark on a leisurely stroll across the 460 acre estate to admire the changing tones into autumn.

Apple in the orchard

Smallhythe Place 

In late August and throughout September, a variety of trees and hedgerows will come to fruition, with a bumper harvest of cherries, apples and cobnuts in the nuttery.

Down by the boathouse at Scotney Castle, Kent

Scotney Castle 

Rolling herbaceous beds throw out new colours throughout the seasons. Wander to Kilndown to catch the beech avenue in early bloom, or see if the 100-year-old purple cut-leaved Japanese Maples have come out to play.