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Autumn In Our Show Gardens (And Andy’s 5 Top Tips For Autumn Gardening)

Hello, I’m Andy, the Head Gardener here at Haddonstone in Northamptonshire. I’ve been a professional landscaper for over 20 years.  I joined Haddonstone two years ago and I’m responsible for keeping the Show Gardens in tiptop condition for our many visitors and customers.

Our Show Gardens may currently be closed to visitors, but in my latest blog I give you an insight into what’s happening in these very special gardens at the moment.  I also provide my top five tips for gardening at this time of year.



  • Stunning autumnal colour in our Show Gardens

    autumn show gardens

Autumn is in full swing and this is a great time to rip out the summer bedding plants which have past their best, and start planning the gardens for the coming months into winter and the following spring.

At the Haddonstone Show Gardens we always strive to keep our various planters, troughs and urns looking their best and even with Covid, this year has been no exception.

I’ve selected a few of our products we offer to show the various planting schemes we have chosen for this season. These range from our classical weathered pieces to our newer contemporary pieces.

  • Haddonstone Marlborough Bowl in Bath


The Malborough Bowl in our Show Gardens has a range of athyrium (fern), juncus (pencil grass) and erica’s (heather).

I have chosen the juncus (pencil grass) as the centre piece in this bowl, with its tall lush green spikey foliage.

I’ve then planted the surround with the ferns and the heathers.  These give a good contrast of colour and will keep looking great from now and into the spring months.

  • Haddonstone Gothic Urn and Base in Portland

    gothic urn and base
  • Haddonstone Gothic Urn and Base in Portland

    gothic urn and base

One of my favourite pieces in the Show Gardens is the Gothic Urn and Base, with its gothic look.  I have chosen a cordyline red star as a main structure for the planter.  This has striking red leaves and stands tall and proud above a mixture of pink and white heathers at the base.

I have added some spring flowering crocus bulbs which will have purple flowers from late January.  These will add extra colour between the heathers.

  • Haddonstone Small Box Planter in Slate

    box planter

I have planted the Small Box Planters in our courtyard area with cordyline ‘red star’ as these will give all year round colour with very little maintenance.

For the base I have chosen campanula which is a ground cover plant. They will have deep blue flowers from spring to late summer. By using just two varieties of plants, keeps it simple with maximum effect.

These will look great on a modern garden terrace too.

  • Haddonstone Small Crucible Planter

  • Haddonstone Small Crucible Planter


Our Small Crucible Planter has a mixture of spring bulbs, ranging from Allium ‘globe master’, which will grow to a staggering 90cm in height.  With their beautiful purple flowering round heads at the top of the stem, they will give a bold look to the Crucible planter from mid to late spring.

In between these I have chosen ‘flag mixed’ Tulip bulbs. These range from creamy white, pink and purple when flowering from mid spring.

This may not look much at the moment but when in full bloom will certainly give the wow factor!

5 Top Tips For Autumn Gardening

My fail-safe, go-to gardening tips for this time of year:

  1. Clear fallen leaves regularly from patios, paths and lawns
  2. Keep the leaves off the lawn to help it look lush green throughout the winter months
  3. Create a composting area for those fallen leaves, will be a great way to encourage insects and wildlife into the garden, and when rotted down compost can be used to dig into borders to nourish the soil
  4. With lawns, now is a great time to apply an organic autumn fertilizer. This will help the lawn to stay looking good and give a head start to the next spring
  5. Tatty looking herbaceous plants can be cut back now to improve the look of a border.
autumn inspiration
lawn fertilizer
  • Andy Miller photographed in the haddonstone show gardens

As winter approaches the work in our Show Gardens doesn’t stop.

This is the time of year that we start to plan for next summer’s displays for the Show Gardens and these will be featured in one of my future blogs.

To discuss our beautiful range of traditional, classical and contemporary planters, contact our friendly team today.

Why Autumn Is The Best Time Of Year In The Garden

Guest Blog By Clare Foggett, Editor, The English Garden

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