Due to forecast of heavy rain and wind, the Glow event on Saturday 9 December has been cancelled, to ensure the safety of all. Please check social media for further updates. We invite all customers with booked tickets to join us on another evening or, if you would prefer a refund, please contact [email protected]

Harlow Carr in autumn

As the days shorten and cool, Harlow Carr erupts with late perennials, grasses and a bonfire of foliage colours

Visitors walking the Main Borders

Visitors stroll along Harlow Carr's iconic Main Borders in early autumn. Airy grasses, sedums and burnt orange Heleniums are among the plants ensuring a rich tapestry of colour and texture.

  Visitors pause on the kalmia lawn

The White Border on the edge of the Kalmia Lawn is filled with choice plants and combinations, including breezy blocks of Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’, Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, daisy-like Leucanthemella serotina and white-berried Sorbus cashmiriana

Acer on the Tarn Stream

As the days shorten and cool, gold and crimson Acer leaves are a sure sign autumn is on the way. Behind, winter-flowering heather cultivars create carpets of gem-like colour. 

View across the Main Borders

By October, the colour contrast has been turned up high! The Main Borders keep going until the first frosts, providing dazzling waves of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Blackfield', Symphyotrichum 'Coombe Fishacre' and Helenium. The crimson tree in the background is Liquidambar styraciflua

The Teaching Garden in autumn

The Education Garden isn’t just for school groups – explore and you will find the ‘nectar alleys’ where late season plants include Echinacea, Verbena bonariensis and Stipa tenuissima. In the vegetable garden kale and beans are being harvested, and bright orange Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferner Osten’ echoes the pin oak on the plain beyond. 

The productive garden

Be sure to visit the productive garden, where the kitchen garden team are busy harvesting crops including pak choi, hardy salads, carrots, cabbages and parsnips. 

Autumn colour view

Choice trees greet visitors with a firework of foliage colour. Here, oak, hornbeam and Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' make a photogenic display. 


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