Asters and autumn colour in Upton’s Garden

Close up photograph of a bed of purple Asters

Upton’s gardens cover 32 acres of woodlands, water, lawns, terraced borders and a kitchen garden, there’s variety to see all year round, with a number of highlights in the autumn.

Although the gardens are looking less pristine this year as you enter in early September you will still see glorious colours. On the upper terraces the shrubby Salvias with shades of yellow and red of La Luna and Hot Lips along with the firery Kniphofia ‘Toffee Nosed’ and the cool colours of the blue and white Agapanthus albiflorus ‘Sandringham’ and A. umbellatus ‘Windsor Castle’ protected by the red brick wall behind. 

See the various and changing colours on the naturalised shrub bank which is full of pollinating insects and butterflies  before the autumn herbaceous plantings of the deep blues and purples of the Aster, Symphyotrichum and Chrysantheums which are complemented by swaying clumps of grasses and old roses against the wall.

Wander back to the restaurant via the orchard path, where you can see the variety of different fruits ripening for the table, as well as interesting birds such as spotted fly catchers and green woodpeckers.

The woodland walk leads from the restaurant to the car park and is a great way to start or end your visit to the garden. Our woodlands are a great place for families with changing colours, things to climb over or crawl through, bug hotels and autumn fungi to spot. Along with habitats for nesting birds, insects and mammals. 

A toddler enjoying playing in the mud on the woodland walk

Upton's woodland walk

Come and explore our Woodland Walk. Discover exciting wildlife while climbing over logs, through tunnels and around tree stumps.