Autumn at Powis

Autumn colour on the terraces below Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

As the evening light starts to fade and the cooler air arrives, admire the stunning glow of autumn colour as it slowly spreads across the terraces and through the woodland. Autumn really is a season of wows at Powis.

As summer turns to autumn our garden bursts into life as vibrant greens give way to a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges and golds. With such a glorious display of colour, this is a fantastic time of the year to visit.

Vibrant colour

There’s a riot of colour waiting to be discovered throughout the garden from September to early November.

See the lowest of the terrace borders showing its colours through shrubby salvias, purple beautyberries, sedums, asters and deep blue aconites. As you walk, listen to the crisp sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet.

The iconic view of Powis Castle is a sight to behold in autumn
An autumnal view of the terraces below Powis Castle, Powys, Wales
The iconic view of Powis Castle is a sight to behold in autumn

Explore the Wilderness, Powis’ formal woodland, and enjoy a moment of peace as you look across the Great Lawn to appreciate the iconic view of the castle. It’s made even more spectacular by the dogwoods, smokebushes, maples and acers on the slope below which glow in striking shades of gold, orange and yellow.

Scents of the season

It’s not just a host of new sights that autumn brings with it either; as you explore the garden breathe in the air rich with the smells of the season.

Enjoy the mouth-watering scent of burnt sugar and caramel coming from the Cercidiphyllum japonicum on the Lower Terraces and take in the sweet aroma of ripening fruit coming from the carefully trained fruit trees.

If you’re lucky, you even find a selection of apples and pears for sale by the Garden Coffee Shop. All donations support conservation projects in our garden and help to keep Powis special forever, for everyone.

Extreme gardening

Keep an eye out for Head Gardener Dave and his team clipping the huge yew tumps and hedges which are such an iconic sight at Powis. To watch them at work, hoisted 14 metres in the air shows just how challenging a gardener’s job can be!

Whether you come for one of our autumn events or simply to enjoy the amazing seasonal colours, you'll never forget experiencing our garden in autumn.

Our garden is open from 10am, 364 days a year (closed 25 December).