Friday, 4 October 2019

Glorious Autumn at Borde Hill Garden

Our gardeners have got plenty to be getting on with. As glorious autumn hues spring up across the garden, new evergreens and a broad range of other trees and shrubs will be planted, (including new alliums and Fritillaria raddeana - see below photo), and young evergreen shrubs will be moved. 

There will be cutting back across the garden - the Buddleia, Lavatera and Cornus alba for example will need reducing by half to prevent wind rock. The essential pruning of the climbing roses and cutting of deciduous hedges will need finishing before November darkens our door. 

Also the ongoing task of dividing the perennials will continue. The more tender of these will need bringing undercover as the weather takes a seasonal turn.

As to the lawns, new turf will be laid and all lawns renovated, to allow them to bounce back at their brilliant best in the spring. Leaf clearing will be near constant through the month.

Halloween and half-term collide in spooktacular style this month, and to celebrate we’ll be opening the Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards. Between 26th October and 3rd November, help Sapphire the Witch’s cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching garden trail full of spells, potions and mystery (£2 a child, free to Friends).

What to look out for in the garden this month
Late flowering perennials – aster, rudbeckias, 
Liriope muscari