Autumn colour at Osterley Park and House

Autumn sunshine at Osterley

As autumn arrives so does the opportunity to see swathes of colour around the estate at Osterley Park and House. From the Shagbark Hickory showing glorious golds and rich reds, to the bright orange and yellows of pumpkins and gourds from the Ornamental Vegetable Garden.

As summer evenings shorten the trees and shrubs at Osterley begin to take on their glorious autumn hues with golds, reds and mahogany tints lighting up the garden and park.
 

The Shagbark Hickory shows off its autumn colours next to the Meadow at Osterley Park and House
The Shagbark Hickory shows off its autumn colours next to the Meadow at Osterley Park and House


Champion trees such as the Shagbark Hickory Carrya ovata and the North American Sassafras albidum offer up a blend of soft buttery tones and vibrant rich reds  – whatever the preceding season.

North American Sassafras albidum bursts in to colour in front of Robert Adam’s Garden House
North American Sassafras albidum in front of Adam’s Garden House at Osterley Park, London

Further colour is provided by pumpkins and gourds which are organic and all grown in Ornamental Vegetable Garden. They can sometimes be found piled up and used as decoration around two large terracotta Tuscan pots outside the garden house.

Pumpkins and gourds pilled up outside Robert Adam's Garden House
A collection of squashes at various sizes from pumpkins to gourds surround a terracotta pot outside the Garden House at Osterley

In the Winter Garden translucent purple berries of the Callicarpa bodnierii ‘Profusion’, or Beauty Bush, start to showing up well against the ochre leaves of Prunus ‘Ojochin’  a cheerful cherry tree.