Autumn colour Branklyn Garden 2014

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Autumn colour Branklyn Garden with acers and liquidamber leavesI’m finishing the year showing some autumn colour Branklyn Garden photography. I took these shots over the course of two weeks during the autumn between 7th – 20th October 2014.


No matter which path you take along the garden there’s never an acer far away as they fill the borders with seasonal colour in various shades of red, orange or gold. While in among their finely textured leaves there are those decorative papery winged seedheads.  Some have graceful tall spreading branches while others are mounds of leaves with twisted trunks.


The vivid fiery red leaves from the Stewartia tree and Vaccimium contrast with the glossy green leaves from the many rhododendrons and act like exclamation marks. They stop you on your journey as their colours are stunning. There’s also the mature Sorbus vilmorinii overhead with it’s arching branches laden with pink berries. While you’ll never fail to notice the different types of ornamental tree bark throughout the garden.

Touching the bark is just so irresistible!


Autumn colour Branklyn Garden foliage


Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Foliage collageSeasonal shades and hues weaving their way through the borders.

Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Little pockets of autumn colour in among the evergreens

Little pockets of autumn colour in among the evergreens
Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Pink Sorbus berries, ornamental tree bark and the golden leaves from the large old pear tree as seen from the top of the garden over looking Perth

Pink Sorbus berries, ornamental tree bark and the golden leaves from the large old pear treeAutumn colour Branklyn Garden - Lots of different textures, shapes and seasonal coloursLots of different textures, shapes and seasonal colours

Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' autumn foliage
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’


Oh if only I had space … I’d have a Liquidamber tree /Sweet gum in my own garden. They like acidic, deep loamy, moisture retentive soil that doesn’t dry out during the summer months.  They don’t like cool summers so they might not reach their full height potential here in Scotland.  So if you’d like to grow one position it in full sun, give its roots a good deep mulch and plenty of water during the summer months.  The autumn colour is superb with these trees.


Autumn colour Branklyn Garden Flowers


Despite the autumn flowering season having just peaked I was surprised to find a little blue Corydalis still in flower. Usually this little woodlander has finished flowering by July.
There are lots of different species and hybrids of large hydrangea shrubs in the garden and their flowers really do extend the autumn flowering season.  I’ve always admired hydrangea flowers and their florets decay so gracefully and make great garden photography subjects. This year I even bought a Hydrangea aspera ‘Villosa’ for my own garden.

Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - some of the many different hydrangeas in flower in the garden in autumn
some of the many different hydrangeas in flower in the garden in autumn
Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - White Japanese anemone, lilac dwarf hosta, yellow Rudbeckia daisies and pink roses
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert, lilac miniature hosta,  yellow Rudbeckia daisies and pink roses
Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Blue corydalis, White Cimicifuga, pink Japanese anemone and autumn crocus
Blue Corydalis, white Cimicifuga, pink Japanese anemone hybrid and autumn crocus

Autumn colour Branklyn Garden - Pink Toad lilies/ Tricyrtis formosana, acer seed wings, pink japanese anemone and the ornamental bark from the Prunus serrula
Pink Toad lilies/ Tricyrtis formosana, acer seed wings, pink Japanese anemone hybrid and the ornamental bark from the Prunus serrula


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of Branklyn garden. Maybe you’ve been inspired to grow something new in your garden for the next autumn season. Every autumn at Branklyn is different as you’ll see when you click through my archives!


The succession of colour is so dependent on the climate.


Until I start posting again in 2015 may you all have a Blessed Christmas with your loved ones.  The joy of the season doesn’t come through things but from God who gave us the very best present  – His Own Son Yeshua.

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15 Responses

  1. Millymollymandy

    Happy to see you blogging again and I enjoyed the tour through this beautiful garden. So many delights and your floral photos are superb, as usual! Bit surprised that my Liquidambar has done so well, given it's not planted in the soil or moisture conditions it likes, at all! We did water it as much as possible the first couple of summers, but in this dry garden it's hard to ever water enough. Happy Christmas to you and your family. 🙂

    • Rosie Nixon

      Thank you Mandy – you are one of the few who knows how hard it's been for me to keep up with social media and all the courses I decided to do this year.

      You've probably given that tree such a great start in your garden … so no wonder it's doing so well for you.

  2. rusty duck

    It's great to see you back Rosie, I've so missed your stunning photographs. If the Liquidamber doesn't mind quite a bit of moisture in summer, I can see a perfect position for one here down by the river. The autumn colouring is just superb. Have a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2015.

    • Rosie Nixon

      Thank you Rusty Duck … it's good to be back again. I'm sure that tree would do well in your garden. The colours are just like that for a couple of weeks in the year – but well worth growing 🙂 I hope you've a Happy Christmas too.

  3. Marianne

    I'm happy Mandy mentioned your blog on FB. With the exception of hers (and now yours), I have stopped trying to keep up with my endless list for my own sanity 🙂

    Anyway, happy to find yours again. Wonderful images and excellent information as always! Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays.

    • Rosie Nixon

      Thank you Marianne – it really was hard to hit that publish button after such a long break from here. I decided to copy you and do some collages like what you do over on FB 🙂 as I had just far too many photos to share on one post I hope you too have an enjoyable holiday time too.

    • Rosie Nixon

      All is well here and I'm enjoying having the free time again. I hope you've a lovely holiday season with your family too.

  4. ann

    So glad to see you back, Rosie. Branklyn Gardens are absolutely gorgeous. Hope to see you next year. Merry Christmas.

  5. Melanie J Watts

    Welcome back Rosie. I love your photos of Branklyn gardens. Looking at them reminds me of my upcoming trip , next June, to Wales and England. Visiting gardens is high on my list of things to do. Have a merry Christmas with your family and all the best for 2015.

    • Rosie Nixon

      I can't wait to get back again Lucy – there are always little jewels in flower after the winter that the public don't get to see unless I share the photos here as the gardens don't open to the public until the Spring.

  6. East London Team

    The colours alone of the leaves and flowers are gorgeous! The Branklyn Garden seems one to really visit. We should all do so one of these days. Thanks for the photos!