September gardens in Kent

As long summer nights give way to cooler days, the colours in our gardens across Kent slide gently into warming tones. The holidays may be over but many shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials aren’t ready to pack up just yet. Pay a visit to see the red and gold in the South Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, whilst showy aureate sunflowers are the star of the show at Knole, Sevenoaks. Every time you admire the flowers you help us plant displays for next year.

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.

The Persian silk tree at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden

Visit the South Garden in September to see the Persian silk tree in its final throws of summer colour, or catch the first sweet scents from the burnt toffee tree as we move into autumn. Emmetts is truly a garden for all seasons.

vegetable patch in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


Catch the last of the summer fruit and vegetables in the kitchen garden, or meander down to the rock garden to see the water cascade into Sir Winston Churchill's swimming pool below.

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.

The north lake with trees in full leaf

Ightham Mote 

Admire display of flowers and foliage along the long herbaceous border throughout September. Make the most of late summer sun in a deckchair in the pleasure grounds, or catch the orchard in early sunlight towards the end of the month.

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.

The stunning view of Knole from Lord Sackville's private garden


As autumn approaches, treat your senses to a riot of golden sunflowers in Lord Sackville's private garden. For something extra special, peek through the stone arch in the walled garden to a towering cypress oak, thought to be the tallest in Britain. Garden opens Tuesdays to 27 September, 11am to 4pm.

A traditional herbaceous border beside a lawn at St John's Jerusalem

St John's Jerusalem 

The last of the summer-flowering perrenials are on display, set against the high hedges towering above traditional wide herbaceous borders. Take a moment to catch late summer sunlight glinting on the water. Garden opens Wednesday afternoons to October.