We visit the RHS garden, Harlow Carr situated just outside Harrogate, at least once each year. We do this simply because we love the place whatever time of year and whatever the weather. On our latest visit we wanted to see it in the autumn.
As soon as we arrived we realised there were a few things going on to celebrate the autumn. In the entrance foyer there were clues that a Willow Trail had been set out for children to follow.
Beautiful pure white stems of Betulas welcomed us into the garden.
Recent high winds had stripped the leaves off many of the trees so on this visit it looked as if we were not going to be seeing much of the autumnal hues we thought we were going to enjoy. The garden was already showing signs of winter. Long views across the gardens afforded us views of tree skeletons combined with just a few orange leaved shrubs and the deeper greens of the conifers.
The Winter Garden soon proved itself to be a brilliant place in the autumn too. Berries gave the strongest colours closely followed by the remnant leaves of shrubs.
The whisps of the ornamental grasses appeared white at first glance but close up we realised they were the subtlest of biscuit shades.
There were still plenty of surprises to be found including the bright colours of late flowers in the perennial meadows.
As the days get shorter more and more of these perennials dry to shades of biscuit, ginger and brown.
This little corner was probably my favourite part of the garden with the slender trees showing off their coloured trunks and the shrubs beneath them displaying brightly coloured stems.
In part two of our visit to Harlow Carr we will explain what else this exceptional all-season garden had to offer us.