Autumn colour at Uppark

Like any other, the garden at Uppark reflects an essential seasonal rhythm. While Uppark is a garden for all seasons, arguably it's during the autumn months that Uppark becomes its truest self.

For those of us with a romantic disposition, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the replacement of exhausted summer with tawny autumn, and the final onset of winter holds an enduring allure.

Perched high on the South Downs, Uppark is signposted from far afield but it's a difficult place to stumble upon. It's this relative isolation that lends the property many of its most enduring charms, while the unrivalled autumnal views from the south lawn (as far as the Isle of Wight on a clear day!) provide an endless source of fascination.

The Sedums at the north entrance to the house know how to make the most of autumn.
Sedums in autumn at Uppark, West Sussex
The Sedums at the north entrance to the house know how to make the most of autumn.

Notwithstanding the show our Sedums put on at the onset of autumn, it's our trees in particular which recompense for the loss of summer's long hot days. In spring and summer, the beech trees lining the approach drives create a cathedral-esque canopy through which myriad shades of green dapple the woodland floor below. Autumn, however, ushers in an equally beautiful dazzle of mottled russet, golden yellow and a fading echo of lost summer verdancy.

The garden and woodland is awash with colour in the autumn
Beech trees on the drive at Uppark, West Sussex
The garden and woodland is awash with colour in the autumn

In the garden itself, the russet and gold leaves of our stand-out trees evolve towards the archetypal colours of autumn. In the Pleasure Grounds, our Silver Maple and Tulip trees add to the warm Uppark autumn palette, while in the Tea Garden the Japanese Angelica lends its autumn shades once flowering is over.

Arrive early to enjoy the reveal of Uppark on a crisp and frosty morning, follow our woodland walk to make the most of the changing colours and, as the garden team reach for the rakes to gather the spent leaf-litter, head in to the café for something warming.

Leaf-raking can seem a never-ending task!
Gardener clearing leaves from the path at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex
Leaf-raking can seem a never-ending task!