Our vibrant herbaceous borders, many crab apples and renowned pumpkin displays ensure a colourful autumn
Masses of late summer colour awaits in the Herbaceous Border, such as these hot coloured Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ and Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’.
In the Modern Country Garden, the season of colour is extended with Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow' and Pennisetum orientale.
Hyde Hall has always had a good collection of Malus (crab apples). One of the best is Malus 'Evereste', which has an attractive conical shape and beautiful orange-yellow fruits flushed with red - a real feast for the birds!
The Robinson Garden contains some fantastic trees for autumn colour, including Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’ with its rich claret foliage, Liquidambar styraciflua whose glossy red leaves change colour from the top of the tree downwards, and yellow/orange tinted Parrotia persica.
Dramatic foliage plants such as Musa bajoo, Colocasia esculenta and Ricinus communis ‘New Zealand Black’ give the Tropical Border a lush, bold feel.
The huge leaves of Gunnera manicata provide a talking point by the Upper Pond, one of Hyde Hall's original formal features. Nearby, swamp cypress and clumps of pollarded willow provide stunning autumn and winter colour.
The large sweeping borders of Clover Hill merge the informal estate with the formal Hilltop Garden. These large areas are filled with repeating drifts of perennials and grasses such as Sedum Herbstfreude Group, Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, which look their best at this time of year.
Get a taste of sunnier climes in the Australian & New Zealand Garden, where most of the plants are hardy in this country. The evergreen nature of many antipodean plants, such as Pittosporum and Hebe, makes for attractive displays year-round.
Head to the exciting new Global Growth Vegetable Garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, where some of the South American root crops will be ready for harvesting, including yacon, yam and Ullucus tuberosus, which is one of the most widely eaten Andean tuber crops.