Enjoy Seaton Delaval Hall's gardens this autumn

Autumn flowers in the hot border at Seaton Delaval Hall

Rich with colour, late flowers and berries, there’s plenty to enjoy in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall this autumn and as summer flowering plants die back or set seed others are coming to the fore.

In the formal gardens the dahlias and echinaceas keep the herbaceous borders looking colourful and cheery while the rudbeckia cappuccino variety in the Hot Border outside the entrance to the Privvy Garden is in full bloom. In the Parterre the nicotianas come to life and the ginkgo biloba tree turns a bright yet delicate yellow, contrasting with the oranges and reds of the beeches around it while in the arboretum the rowan trees are dripping with brightly coloured berries. Harvest season is upon the Community Kitchen Garden – we grow our own pumpkins - and the cosmos continues to flower.

At this time of year the gardening team begin to focus its attention on the annual tree surveys to maintain the health and safety of the broadleaved woodlands and there’s a lot of hedge trimming around the grounds.  There’s also a lot of planning, preparing and planting for next year including getting the many thousands of bulbs in and around the site including tulips, narcissi, muscaris, dwarf irises and chionodoxas. Last year’s leaves have turned to leafmould in our composting bays; this is spread on the garden beds and new leaves are blown clear of the formal areas, collected into the bays and the process begins again for next year. 

As part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project there is also a huge amount of work happening in the South East woodland at this time.  Planting for the reimagining of Lady Tyrconnel’s garden – which features on the 1781 estate plan – will also happen over autumn and winter while new hedgrows through the woodland will be introduced.

Find out more about the gardens

Whatever the weather you'll always find the gardening team hard at work around the grounds. If you've any questions they'll be happy to tell you more about the gardens and share a few of their tips or you can just take a seat and enjoy the results of their hard work.  If you want to find out more you can join one of our more in-depth free garden talks the first Friday of the month at 2pm.