September gardens in and around West Sussex

A peaceful wander among soft herbaceous borders in gentle September light is just the thing to restore and reset for a new season.

September is a fantastic time to visit our gardens as they mellow into a romantic tangle of repeat-flowering perennials, feathery grasses and sculptural seedheads.

It's also a tranquil time as the days are still and warm and children have been buttoned back into school.

The borders are in full flight at Nymans in Handcross, while the kitchen garden at Standen, near East Grinstead, is bursting with produce for the cafe.

Or take a chance to view September colour in the endlessly inventive gardens at Woolbeding, near Midhurst.

Nymans South African border

Nymans, West Sussex 

The borders at Nymans are still bursting with colour in September. While at the south end of the garden you'll find the South African bed, set in rhythmic patterns and bold drifts.

The conservatory bed at Standen


From late summer through to autumn the house terraces will be set alight with all shades of red, inspired by the colours of Standen’s collection of De Morgan pottery. Meanwhile the kitchen garden is at its most productive, providing the cafe with pumpkins, apples and more.

The Gothic Summer House

Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex 

Nestled in a corner of West Sussex lies a horticultural haven bursting with colour, sights to inspire and a host of surprises. Visit Woolbeding Gardens exclusively on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 April 2018. Booking is essential on 0344 249 1895.

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House 

Alfriston Clergy House, the first property ever bought by the newly formed National Trust, sits tucked away on the edge of the green in the pretty downland village of Alfriston. Its historic hall house and delightful cottage garden are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours.

The herbaceous border at Polesden Lacey at sunset.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey 

Into September the gardens at Polesden Lacey are bursting with colour and fragrance still. Here are our top suggestions for what you should look out for in the garden when you visit.