Autumn in the garden
This time of year the garden gives us a dazzling show of colour and interest. Its really the last big show of the year before the garden slows down over winter.
Catch it quick
Autumn colour is notoriously fleeting. One day a plant’s leaves can be a spectacular colour, then the next they’ve all dropped and been blown away. At some point during autumn the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) will go a bright, golden yellow. The Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) by the Orangery, the tall stately Beech Trees (Fagus sylvatica) on the northern slopes and the Lime Trees (Tilia x europaea) along the Avenue will all have their moment too.
Many of the smaller trees and shrubs also provide great autumn colour, such as the Japanese Maples (Acer palamtum) and the Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia elata), which also flowers in early autumn. The Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) climbing up the Chapel is a real early autumn highlight too.
Magical time of year
Mix all this in with the crunchy leaves on the ground and those plants still in flower and you have a recipe for a magical time of year full of colour and change. Best to enjoy it while it’s there as there the cold, dark months of winter are coming.