The garden at Ormesby Hall

Family sat on a bench in the garden

Enjoy the spectacle of autumn as the air turns cooler and a kaleidoscope of colour cascades across the garden and woodland as the seasons change.

Jumping in crunchy leaves and discovering shiny conkers - autumn is here for us all to embrace. Take a walk through the formal garden to see a rainbow of colours, from bright oranges, radiant reds and glistening yellows to the ruby and gold tones of the trees.  

There are many hidden spots in the garden, which capture the beauty of autumn and offer a place of peace and relaxation.

Autumn garden highlights

A mixture of native wildflowers, including cornflowers and poppies.

Wildflowers

At Ormesby Hall we are gardening for nature. The summer highlight is the wildflower meadow in the Croquet Lawn borders, planted with poppies, rose campion, corn marigold and more. They add beautiful colour to the lawn and create a relaxing space and attract insects like bees and hoverflies, butterflies and moths in need of pollen. You can also discover for the first time the front lawn being left to grow into a wildflower meadow with picnic circles cut out as it grows.

The small rose garden grows beside the hall

Roses

Roses have always been an important presence within the garden, with different species of rose adorning the walls of the Georgian mansion and greeting visitors as they step through the garden gate. The spectacular colours and scents of roses are keep their beautiful shape into the autumn.

A bumblebee pollinating the cartwheel dahlia.

Cartwheel Dahlia

Planted in 2019 the dahlias reside in the tropical themed formal borders in the centre of the garden. There are a variety of dahlias planted, with most offering a showy double form. One of the species is the cartwheel dahlia with it's unusual fan shaped flowers, beloved for their pollen by bees. Dahlias continue their show into autumn and until the first frost.

Smoke bush (cotinus coggygria)

Purple smoke bush

Overhanging a hidden seat is the purple smoke bush, with its smoky violet, purple and maroon flowers, creating a relaxing space to take in some autumn colour. The Cotinus coggygria, became commonly known as the smoke bush, due to the light and wispy leaves. This low maintenance shrub can last for years and thrives in full sun.

Butterfly on a Sedum flower in September

Sedum

The sedum flower comes into it’s own this time of year and just like the trees around it, the leaves and flowers show off their autumn colours. This perennial plant has thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. It is a good plant to attract some beneficial insects to the garden in autumn.

Copper beech tree at Ormesby Hall

Copper beech tree

The striking copper beech tree, also known as the purple beech is one of the oldest trees in the garden and stands at over 250 years old. Towering over the old tennis lawn the purple leaves of spring and summer provide some much-needed shade, before they turn a radiant copper red in autumn.

Winter garden highlights

Cluster of snowdrops in the borders along the front lawn

Snowdrops

Even during the colder months colour can be found in the garden. The delicate white flowers of the pretty snowdrops provide some much-needed colour in January and February against the backdrop of the skeleton tree branches. Traditionally seen as a symbol of hope as winter ends, the snowdrops signal spring is on it’s way.

A close up image of the winter jasmine and the summery yellow colour as it climbs the mansio wall

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine, also known as Jasminum nudiflorum is one of the earliest flowering plants to bloom in January. The sunshine yellow of the winter jasmine is a bright compliment to the evergreen features dominating the formal garden. It is not a true climbing plant, but holds itself up against walls and spreads across the border.

The scented sarcococca hookeriana

Sarcococca hookeriana

Entering through the garden gate your senses will pick up the lingering scent of the Himalayan Sweet Box also known as Sarcococca hookeriana which is a species of evergreen shrub. It has a neat carpet of glossy green leaves, with small clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers with crimson anthers. In winter you will also spot black berries on the shrub.

A winters view from the garden
The back of Ormesby Hall showing the trees and plants in winter with no flowers or leaves
A winters view from the garden

Winter is a great time to see a garden. It is the time when the shape of the garden can be fully seen. The infrastructure and the design is laid out as the bare bones of the garden.

While many of the herbaceous plants will be sleeping through the winter, many plants will be left with seed heads providing winter food for birds, hollow stems which provide architectural interest as well as safe haven for the important overwintering insects. Cobwebs and frost cling to these last standing plants providing beauty in miniature and wonderful photo opportunities. The spring garden is the first area to come alive, starting with snowdrops and the crocus announcing the end of winter and signs of warmer weather to come.