As we head into November, there are still gorgeous autumnal hues of red, orange, yellow and brown to be seen across the gardens.

Showers of leaves drift from the trees and shrubs lay beautiful carpets of colour before us.

Wander round the lake and enjoy the yellow fingered leaves of the swamp cypress or beautiful red tones from Nyssa Sinensis. On a sunny day the reflections in the lake from these stunning colours are simply delightful.

Autumn hues and reflections around Furzey Gardens lake
Acers and Euonymus put on vibrant displays of red

Elsewhere around the gardens enjoy the vibrant and warming colours of Liquid Amber, Euonymus (burning bush) and Acers as you stroll around the woodland paths.

As we progress through November and the autumn display comes to an end, look for signs of our heather beds bringing a dash of colour with their delicate winter display. Make sure you look our mahonia japonica, which bursts forth with a crown of tiny vibrant yellow flowers.

Mahonia japonica buds ready to burst and liquid amber standing proud in full display

Over the autumn months our garden team are hard at work preparing the borders for the arrival of winter.

The carpet of leaves is collected up and stored for a couple of years to make leaf mould which is then used as a soil improver in our borders.

With cold weather imminent, the stunning gunnera plants need their buds protecting from the winter elements. At the start of November the team cut back the giant leaves and use them as tents to cover the buds for their winter rest.

Preparing the Gunnera for winter months

You can still enjoy a beautiful autumn visit to Furzey Gardens at weekends this November, as we are open Saturday and Sundays during lockdown. Join us and experience a tranquil and beautiful space whilst getting some much needed exercise.

We look forward to seeing you (socially distanced, of course!) – just pre-book your visit.

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