There's so much glorious autumn colour to see in gardens across the UK this month. Head gardener Tom Brown shares his favourites.


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Gardens to visit in November

Knoll Gardens, Dorset

To understand the diversity of any group of plants, you need to find a place where you come away feeling more educated and competent in the cultivation of that group. For grasses this place is Knoll Gardens in Dorset. Neil Lucas and his team have developed a fantastic range of grasses and honed methods of cultivation so that the rest of us can more easily use them in different environments. Here in the gardens they are seamlessly associated with shrubs, trees and other perennials to great effect.

Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND. Tel 01202 873931,

Inner Temple Gardens, London

Located close to the Thames – enjoying central London’s microclimate – the opulent herbaceous borders of the Inner Temple Garden offer an extended season where visitors can revel in their colour well into the late autumn and winter. Shrewd, successional planting gives exotic plants, annuals and late-flowering perennials centre stage in the 70m herbaceous borders, where head gardener Sean Harkin experiments with colour and innovative plant combinations. The
gardens also include a Mediterranean Garden, a magnificent avenue of plane trees and a woodland garden.

The Inner Temple Gardens, London EC4Y 9AY.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Early November is often the best time to enjoy rich, autumn colours and one of the finest places to see this colour is Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Home to around 2,500 species of tree from around the world, Westonbirt boasts five National Collections including Acer palmatum, comprising nearly 300 specimens. Managed by the Forestry Commission, the grounds are Grade I-listed and divided into two areas: the Old Arboretum laid out along stately avenues, and Silk Wood, with meandering paths through what is effectively a working woodland.

Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS. Tel 0300 067 4890,

Westonbirt National Arboretum
Westonbirt National Arboretum © Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Howick Hall Arboretum, Northumberland

Howick Hall Arboretum opened in 2006 with 65 acres of trees and shrubs, which have predominantly been grown from seed. Mature beech trees dominate the landscape but the modern, exotic plantings continue to come to the fore. The pathways are mostly grass, so good footwear is essential, particularly in wet weather. And keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels.


Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3LB. Tel 01665 577285,

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As head gardener at West Dean College in West Sussex, Tom Brown has an avid enthusiasm for great, garden-worthy plants. Tom is also an RHS Show Judge and Herbaceous Committee Member.