Autumn Gardens

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Autumn brings with it a final flourish before winter. All four gardens are still showing strongly and although a number of the summer plants will depart for the year, this period sees the arrival of new autumn plants such as Asters and Anemones alongside a host of grasses, now reaching their maturity.

As the season progresses, the colours of our gardens evolve. The hot reds, oranges and yellows of summer plants shift to a palette of blues, purples and pinks as our autumn plants bear flower.
Aston Pottery Hornbeam Walk in Autumn
The Hornbeam Walk in mid-September

Hornbeam Walk

The summer/autumn transition sees a number of new plants coming into flower down our Hornbeam Walk. Traveling down the path, Asters spring up at regular intervals, the 12 varieties provide a wealth of fresh blues, purples, pinks and reds.

Designed as a year-round garden, as the Eremurus finish flowering for the year, varieties of Miscanthus and Molinia grasses take over the structural role, maintaining the integrity of the border into winter.

Along with autumn’s new arrivals many of the earlier flowering plants continue to give a strong show into the later part of the year. Sedums ‘indian chief’ and ‘matrona’ for instance, reach their maturity, planted to provided depth with their full-leaves during the spring and summer months, the latter part of the year sees the development of intricate seed heads that along with their subtle tones are a great attraction for the local bees.

Aston Pottery Hot Bank in Autumn
The Hot Bank at the end of August

Hot Bank

At the end of the hornbeam walk you encounter the second autumn garden with its 14 meter deep sloping bank bordered with a purple beech hedge.

This border continues to flower right up until the first frosts of the year as such can run deep into the Autumn season as such, drifts of Alstroemeria, Dahlias and Salvias can produce spectacular colour right through to the end of November.

Available to view for free to all who visit us we hope to share with you our flamboyant and creative design and display of plants from the Americas which makes our Hot Bank one of the most unique borders in Britain today.

Annual Border

By September the annual border is at its absolute peak with over 5000 plants producing over 126,000 flowers. This fabulous display creates successive billowing clouds of colour that compete for your senses from the fragrant Nicotiana and Salvias to the vibrant Zinnias and Tithonian.
This border has only 6 months in which the seed must germinate, fully grow into a mature plant, flower and set seed again before the first of the late Autumn frosts send it into a Winter slumber. When the weather warms in the first few days of early Spring the scattered seeds from the previous season will start to grow again forming the basis of the next fabulous display of flowers for us all to enjoy.

Dahlia Garden

Moving back down the Hornbeam Walk you are presented with the new Dahlia garden. In this latter part of the year, the 9 varieties of grasses planted in this border emerge through the blanket of colour, greater emphasising the room-based planting structure that has been apparent throughout the summer and earlier in the year from our spring Tulip Garden.

The majority of the planting remains consistent from the summer months. Along with the grasses taking greater precedence, as the Agapanthus bid their final farewell, a series of Asters take their place along the garden’s path and around its perimeter.

Aston Pottery Dahlia Garden in Autumn
The Dahlia Garden in Early October
We have carefully selected 6 varieties of relatively low-growing Asters to add a gentle border of blue and purple tones around the Dahlia garden. Along with the Asters there will also be 9 varieties of grasses, split into two distinct groups; those that intersect the ‘rooms’ and those that form the central spine of the border either side. Much like the Asters, the intersecting grasses do not overly impose upon the blanket of colour created by the Dahlias, they provide a new texture and soft depth to the visual experience. The grass spine however, contrasts strongly with the subtler planting seen elsewhere in this garden. Towards the end of summer and into autumn, 3 mixed grasses including Panicum Vergatum ‘rehnbraun’ all spike through the centre of the border at twice the height of the surrounding plants holding high their glorious purple seed heads.

All our 112 varieties of Dahlias should continue to flower throughout autumn, finally finishing with the first frost of winter.

Aston Pottery Traditional Perennial Border in Autumn
Our Traditional Perennial Border during September

Traditional Perennial Border

Down the walkway towards the entrance of our shop, stretching out ahead of you is the unmistakable site of our Traditional Perennial Border. As with all our other autumn gardens, attention has been made to ensure that this border will be showing with great vitality throughout the season through to November.

By this time of the year the Phlox, Lilies and Monarda open space for new plantings to take over. Aconitum, Anemones and Asters emerge through the foliage bringing with them a second-wave of seasonal colour.

Purples, blues and pinks dominate the autumn planting of our border, reflecting the season, the colour palette of the border is toned down from that of the summer.

The four tiered planting structure continues provide great depth to the overall appearance to the border, many of the tallest plants such as Euphatoriem 'russenshrim' and Innula 'racemosa' chosen to sit at the back will continue to flower and, as the season progresses, will hold form - even when their colour is diminishing.

Making the most of what we have in our Traditional Perennial Border, and as part of a desire to maintain a garden in flower for as long a period as possible, by carefully pruning the Helleniums and Penstemons at the end of July, we achieve a second flowering of these stunning plants from October. This helps maintain the fullness and rich variety you will find in all our gardens this season and throughout the year.

Collarette Dahlia
Collarette Dahlia
Sedums and Dahlias
Sedums and Dahlias
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