Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour. 

A few years ago a group of us went to have lunch at Gravetye Manor, home to the Victorian gardener, William Robinson. Robinson bought the Elizabethan house and about 200 acres in the mid-1880s and the estate, which he extended, became his life’s work. We have so much to thank him for as he was at the forefront of the movement rebelling against the high Victorian style of gardening with its regimented bedding in bright colours ‘highlighted’ with rather incongruous plantings of exotics grown on in glasshouses.

TEST Bupleurum fruticosum

Bupleurum fruticosum

TEST A blush pink mop head hydrangea

A blush pink mop head hydrangea

TEST Japanese anemones in bud

Japanese anemones in bud

TEST Salvia involucrata with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Salvia involucrata with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

TEST Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ with yarrow

Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ with yarrow

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