The change in seasons means a change in our surroundings. In Autumn the chlorophyll, the pigment in plants, breaks down making the green colour disappear and turn to yellow, red or orange. But there are some that still shine bright throughout fall. Here are some of our gardeners, Luke and Rosie, favourite autumnal plants in our gardens:
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare – Found in our dune gardens – Fennel is a hardy perennial herb and great for adding some extra flavour to food. The seeds from this plant are sometimes picked and given to our chefs to use in the bread that is served in our restaurant.
Society Garlic – Tulbaghia violacea – Found in our dune gardens – These flowers are a great pollinator plant for butterflies and bees and both leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. This plant has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has shown to be a good performing plant and reliable in appropriate conditions.
Deam’s coneflower – Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii – Found in our dune gardens – These flowers are among the best border perennials available and are a former Perennial Plant of the Year in 1999. They tend to make a bushy, upright clump with a profuse display of brown-eyed, golden-orange daisies from midsummer right through to fall.
Giant viper’s bugloss – Echium Pininana – Found in our Sensory Spa Garden and dune gardens – Echiums are biennial which means they will take two years from seed to flower. These echiums will provide a beautiful display of colour next year which is perfect for our pollinators.
Camellia ‘Rainbow’ – Camellia sasanqua – Found in our Sensory Spa Garden – These Camellias flower in autumn, unlike their spring flowering cousins. They provide a nectar source for pollinators and provide a splash of colour in the dull days of autumn and early winter.
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