Six of the best UK gardens for autumn colour
As the summer heat fades into cooler days and longer nights, gardens across the Britain are transforming into a rich tapestry of colour, from fiery reds and oranges to majestic golds. Nature' s own natural firework display makes autumn a special time to head outside for some fresh air. Here are some of our favourite gardens, perfect for enjoying a walk and taking in the changing landscape this autumn.
Westonbirt in Gloucestershire is one of the most well-known arboretums in the UK. Featuring over 18,000 trees and shrubs in an area of over 600 acres, the 17 miles of marked paths, making it a wonderful setting for a relaxing walk enjoying the many different areas of the arboretum. Home to some of the tallest and rarest trees in the British Isles, it is a spectacular place to visit in autumn.
Sheffield Park Garden, Haywards Heath
The historic parkland at Sheffield Park in East Sussex has had many uses over the centuries, including a deer park and a Second World War camp. Now it is a haven for wildlife. The garden is host to a vast collection of trees and large shrubs, many of which were introduced by Arthur Soames, owner in the early 20th century. Four lakes form the heart of the gardens, beautifully reflecting the dazzling display of vivid leaves from the surrounding trees throughout autumn.
Dawyck Botanical Garden, Peebles
Awarded five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, Dawyck Botanical Garden is located in the hills of the Scottish Borders. A sanctuary for endangered plants, during the autumn months take in the 65-acre site ablaze with colour on one of the many woodland and burnside walks or themed tree trails.
At Stourhead, Wiltshire, the North American maples turning scarlet red signifies the start of the autumn season. Over the coming weeks Japanese acers, chestnuts, oak and beech trees also transform these landscaped gardens. Join volunteers on daily autumn walks to learn more about Stourhead, which finishes at the lakeside where the spectacular display is reflected and offers the best views.
Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys
Even in autumn, the gardens at Powis in Wales are a vibrant sight of reds, burnt oranges and golds. The medieval castle sits dramatically above the multi-layered, world-class gardens which date back 300 years. Once you’ve taken in the rich colours and scents, warm up with a hot drink and home-cooked treat in the Courtyard Restaurant.
Harewood House, Yorkshire
With 100 acres of gardens , there is lots to discover during the autumn season at Harewood House near Leeds. The stunning grounds were originally landscaped by the renowned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Throughout autumn, the colourful season is celebrated with a variety of events, from the harvest festival to walks with Harewood’s Head Gardener.
Autumn at McCarthy Stone
There’s much to enjoy at our McCarthy Stone retirement living developments as the seasons change. Our lush gardens take on a pretty autumnal hue, while a warm welcome awaits in our inviting shared spaces and lounges. Browse our retirement properties now to find out more.