September to October
If the weather is good in late September into October it can be a glorious time in the garden. Salvias and Dahlias continue in full flower, as do the acidantheras, aconitums and asters and some roses. With the cooler nights tree and shrub foliage starts to turn all shades of reds, golds and copper. At ground level there are cyclamen in flower and the deep purple flowers of Crocus speciosus x oxonianum. Hydrangeas, late buddleias and escallonia have an abundance of flower and late clematis are still performing. It is only when the leaf fall starts to dominate the garden that we feel the summer season is finally coming to an end - and the job of clearing leaves then seems interminable. However, the autumn does provide some wonderful, ephemeral moments of colour lit by the sun now low in the sky and at this point we need to address ourselves to putting the garden to bed and instigating changes for the next season.
Hydrangea 'Limelight' & Lobelia 'Bees Flame' in the Red Bed
Salvia 'Lalarsha' & Dahlia 'Purple Gem' on the Terrace
Rosa 'Felicia' & Diascia
Agapanthus 'Blue Moon' & Salvia 'Stormy Pink'
Acidanthera bicolour syn. Gladiolus murieliae
Kniphofia caulescens & Aster amellus 'King George'
Lobelia 'Tania' & Salvia involucrata in the Midsummer Border
View across the Midsummer Border & Goose Park
Crocus speciosus 'Oxonianum'