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 in with a number of highlights in the autumn.

As you enter the garden in early September, the terraces are the first to catch your eye.  Take a closer look at those closest to the house and you will see the annuals of Salvia, Argyranthemum and Antirrhinum  coming to their climatic best with the Dahlias and Chrysantheums coming into colour as the days get shorter and cooler. 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.

Pumpkins, squashes and a range of late vegetables give colour and interest on the slopes of the kitchen garden. See the techniques of the gardeners in rotating the cultivation of the area.

An abundance of late flowering annual plants of pinks, purples from the Begonias and Cosmos can be seen in Lady Bearsted's garden with the purple foliage of the Cotinus coggygria ‘royal Purple’ and Weigela florida alba ‘Foliis Purpureis. 

Take a walk along the Yew terraces to look back into the bog garden where the air is cooler and the autumn colours are starting to show. With the spectacular trees of the Cercidiphyllum japonicum with its wonderful burnt toffee smell and Parrotia persica are just some highlights to enjoy. Leaving time to admire the fish in the stew pond. 

Wander back to the restaurant via the orchard path, where you can see the variety of different fruits ripening for the table and interesting birds like 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. 

House with row of planting and kitchen garden in foreground

Upton's Kitchen Garden

The steep, south facing slope of the Kitchen Garden has been providing fruit and vegetables for many centuries.

View over the mirror pool to the ceder trees

Kitty Lloyd-Jones at Upton House and Garden

Learn about Kitty Lloyd Jones and how her arrival in the 1930s radically reshaped the garden.