Autumn colours in the garden

Autumn colour at Nymans

Colour in the garden lasts well into the autumn at Nymans, with salvias giving a colourful display. Watching the trees change colour across the arboretum and garden make this a very special time of year to visit.

The South African meadow in August
The South African meadow in August
The South African meadow in August

Autumn colour

You might think that when it comes to autumn the only colours in the garden are the golds and burnt oranges of the trees. But Nymans is full of exciting and interesting plants still in flower into the cooler darker days.

The double herbaceous border in the wall garden flowers on until the first frosts. You will find the purple and blues of asters complimenting the yellows and reds of dahlias on the summer borders.

The exotic flowers and shapes of the Chilean collection in the wall garden are always a big draw. Alongside the vibrant bark of Luma apiculata and the sweet smelling flowers of Eucryphia moorei.

Our top picks this autumn:

  • Salvias near the Rose Garden
  • Heather garden
  • Camellias
  • Autumn colour in the arboretum
  • Pinetum
  • Rock Garden
  • Winter walk
A view over the Arboretum in autumn
A view over the Arboretum in autumn
A view over the Arboretum in autumn

Arboretum

This time of year you’lll be wowed by the spectacular display that the trees provide in the form of autumnal colour in the arboretum.

The Messel family started planting this part of the garden in the 1890s and you can still see some of these trees today. Autumn colour is provided by Quercus rubra, Liquidamber and Taxodium distichum.

A good tree for providing autumn colour in a small garden is Stewartia. One tree of notable interest you may spot on the way to the woods is Quercus suber the cork oak; this particular tree was planted in 1906, and the species is now endangered in its Southern Europe homeland. 

Download a map of the garden and woodland before you visit.

Map of the garden and woodland (PDF / 3.283203125MB) download