See the first signs of autumn at Woolbeding Gardens

The West Borders in full bloom at Woolbeding Gardens

With the promise of cooler days to come, autumn brings with it a riot of colour as the trees at Woolbeding Gardens display their leaves of rich purple, yellow and red. September is also a lot quieter than the summer months so a perfect opportunity for a explore this oasis of tranquility.

Be on the look out for the Copper Beech Tress and the Japanese maples that dot the formal gardens and beds around the house, as well as the Virginia creeper in the Vegetable Garden.

Along the Long Walk pleasure garden the reflections in the lake are at their best as the autumn light cascades off the ornamental bridge, and the Amelanchier and Tulip tree that just start to turn in September.

The ornamental bridge with the River God folly in the background
The ornamental bridge in the autumn sunlight
The ornamental bridge with the River God folly in the background

The swamp cypress in front of the ruined abbey folly turns yellow in the autumn, and draws the eye when viewed from the summerhouse, flanked by the lake and Gunnera.

The displays of the late flowering plants in September even rival the traditional summer displays found in the borders at Woolbeding Gardens.

In September you’ll find Asters with flowers of blue and purple that produce late pollen for the bees. The late flowering Salvias such as the Salvia Blue Enigma provide eye-catching deep blues that cannot be missed standing at 8 feet tall at the back of the main borders.

The Anemone Wild Swan is still in flower from high summer with elegant white flowers and some of the Geraniums provide a second flash of colour in September.

With majestic follies like the summerhouse and Hermit House that provide shelter from showers, Woolbeding Gardens is an ideal destination to see the first signs of autumn come rain or shine.