Autumn colour at The Vyne

A photo of a family playing with autumn leaves at The Vyne

Once visited by kings and queens, The Vyne is where you can stretch the legs and indulge the eye with autumn colour. A steaming cup of tea and or hot chocolate is a welcome revival after emerging from a landscape flecked with blazing leaves.

Woods & lakeside
Where beeches and oaks mingle with sweet and horse chestnuts, lime, cherry and whitebeam produce a palette of lemon-yellow and strawberry-red. 
 
A host of fungi flourish in a backdrop of autumn leaves and weathered tree trunks.
 
The orange, crimson and deep purple leaves of liquidamber and swamp cypress trees create beautiful reflections across the lake.
 
Liquidamber is a famed autumn colouring tree from the USA where it’s known as the sweet gum.  
 
In late summer the leaves turn a deep black crimson colour, then as autumn progresses they go through a kaleidoscope of colours - golden yellow, amber and red. 
 
Near the chapel, a narrow-leaved ash arches over a section of path swaying boughs of ginger-orange.
 
 
View across the lake in Autumn at The Vyne, Hampshire
View across the lake in Autumn at The Vyne, Hampshire
 
Brewhouse
After a long woodland stroll, you’ll find our cosy Brewhouse tea-room near the main house. Here you can order a delicious cream tea or a warming soup among other refreshments.
 
Gardens
Even though it’s October, The Vyne’s show-stopping dahlia border is still displaying thousands of magnificent blooms, and will do, until the first frosts.  Bigger than ever, it features over 300 plants, in shades from cream, yellow and vibrant orange, to hot pink and magenta red.
 
Dahlias were an important part of horticultural life at The Vyne in the 19th century, when head gardener Mr Broomfield regularly won prizes for his blooms at local shows.      
 
In the summerhouse garden, orange Pelargoniums bring out the terracotta shades of the Summerhouse brickwork. Planted alongside these warm tones, deep purple Heliotropes form a neat ring around the central flower beds. 
 
In the border, ruby-red sprigs of Crocosmia punctuate the scene accompanied by coral Sedums and golden yellow Rudbeckia.
 
Alongside the orchard apple trees, sturdy American red oaks reach up to the skies boasting fiery-red leaves.
 
In the walled garden, hefty, pale yellow pumpkins bulge from some of the plant beds.