What's looking good this month?
From warm colours to berries and seeds, autumn brings a lot of change to the garden. Plants of particular note are the colourful and scented Cercidiphyllum japonicum, whose burnt sugar-like smell can be enjoyed along the path below the cafe terrace.
Another very enjoyable plant currently in flower is Tibouchina urvilleana, also known as 'glory bush'. It has rich, deep-purple saucer-shaped flowers with fibrous stems and leaves, and originates in Brazil. It can be found growing on the bank above the benches on Radiata Path and, if you want to take one home with you, stop by the Plant Centre as they have them in stock at certain times of the year.
There are a number of salvias that look resplendant through autumn and into winter. Our new Mediterranean Border at the bottom of Mallard Pond is home to a thriving mass of Salvia leucantha, whose purple and cream flowers look almost woolly in the colder morning dews. Other varieties to look out for include Salvia elegans (found growing from the wall in the Plant Centre) and Salvia corrugata (found in the border of the cafe terrace); both equally stunning at this time of the year.
Autumn Colour In The Garden | October 2022 | Darren's Diary
Darren's back to share all the best bits of the garden at this time of year. From warm colours to berries and seeds, autumn brings a lot of change to the garden...