The Gravel Garden: The leaves of the Rhus typhina outside the Tea Room turn brilliant orange-red before
dropping, leaving the velvety, crimson seed-heads exposed on bare branches.
The bead-like fruits of Callicarpa - a favourite with the Blackbirds - turn a dark, almost metallic, violet colour.
Mauve Verbena bonariensis, and the delicate white flowers of Gaura lindheimeri add splashes of colour among
the differing textures of straw-coloured grasses, glossy Bergenia leaves and carpets of green thyme and silvery
October is a glorious month in the Water Garden: Grasses erupt into flower and add texture and movement
among late flowering perennials and seed-heads. Next to the house, the Pseudolarix amabilis (Golden Larch)
turns golden yellow as the days shorten and the temperature drops. Across the pond, the Taxodium distichum
(Swamp Cypress) with its curious looking ‘knobbly knees’, turns a rich reddish brown, whilst a bit further away
the fan-shaped leaves of Ginkgo biloba turn bright yellow.
The Reservoir Garden: Among the trees and shrubs, Crataegus x prunifolia, with its bright red fruits, and
Sorbus hupehensis var. obtusa, laden with pink berries, might catch your eye. In autumn, the pink fruits of the
Euonymus (Spindle tree) split open to reveal bright orange coated seeds.
Gardening with Grasses
Wednesday 15 October
Grasses are used to great effect throughout The Beth Chatto Gardens; in early summer the long, silky awns of Stipa barbata make a lovely feature in the Gravel Garden. In autumn Molinia and Miscanthus erupt into flower in the Water Garden, adding texture and movement among late flowering perennials. Join Garden & Nursery Director David Ward for an informative day, as he shares his wealth of plant knowledge and his many years of experience on how to select, grow and use grasses. £49, £39 for Goldcard holders, includes tuition and garden entrance for the day For further events, details and booking information Please contact The Beth Chatto Gardens
Tel: 01206 822007
Great Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
Join us for the Great Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
in the grounds of the Gardens!
Every day from 25th October until 2nd November.
Accompanied under 14s free
Late Night Christmas Shopping
Are you looking for some unusual Christmas gifts
and stocking fillers? We’ve got a great selection of
gifts for garden lovers of all ages.
Our Nursery Shop and Tea Room will be open until
8pm every Wednesday, starting 19th November
Plants of Current Interest
Look out for the numbered labels
1. Gaura lindheimeri
Produces masses of delicate white, star-shaped flowers from July to October, if dead headed regularly. G. ‘Siskiyou Pink’ is a good pink flowered form. G. ‘Corries Gold’ has gold margined leaves and white flowers, fading to pink.
2. Callicarpa bodinieri var.
A bushy deciduous shrub that produces dense clusters of striking deep violet bead-like fruits in autumn. Inconspicuous, lilac flowers in summer. Suitable for a fertile, welldrained soil in dappled shade.
3. Aconitum carmichaelii
A choice Monkshood with sturdy stems topped with rich blue flowers. Great as a vertical in the autumn border among Aster, Phlox, and Rudbeckia.
4. Molinia caerulea subsp.
A beautiful, delicate grass, especially when back-lit by the sun. Carries graceful panicles above neat clumps of ribbonshaped leaves. Grow in moist, but well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade. Height 1.8m.
5. Miscanthus sinensis
A stunning grass, with silky, mahogany-red feathery plumes, fading as the season progresses. Height 2m.
6. Calamagrostis brachytricha
A clump forming grass with lovely, feathery plumes. Flower heads start out silvery pink, fading to buff.
7. Vitis cognetiae
The large heart-shaped leaves of this stunning vine, grown against the wall in the Scree Garden, turn bright crimson and scarlet in autumn.
Rainfall chart 2014
January 6.02 153.00
February 6.72 171.00
March 1.12 28.00
April 0.86 22.00
May 1.23 31.00
June 0.63 16.00
July 0.62 16.00
Aug (3 weeks) 1.80 46.00
September 1.75 44.00
Rainfall 2013 19.11 485.00
Rainfall 2012 31.76 807.00
Rainfall 2011 17.94 456.00
Rainfall 2010 24.45 621.00