October 29th 2020
Thanks to recent weather, UK gardens and green spaces are putting on vibrant displays of autumn colour not seen in years as late flowers are flourishing longer than normal, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Lots of sun and rain through July and August followed by a hot September and a mild, wet October has extended the flowering season for perennials species like; Aster, Salvia, Nerine and Cyclamen, meaning gardens are awash with purples, pinks, whites and blues.
Meanwhile trees and shrubs like; Acer, Quercus and Liquidambar continue to produce vivid reds, yellows and oranges and fruiting trees such as Malus and Euonymus are laden with colourful berries due to prolific spring flowering creating a psychedelic affect.
RHS Chief Horticulturalist Guy Barter said; “I’ve not seen RHS Gardens look so colourful at this time of year for some time. Spectacular second flushes of many perennials are creating a kaleidoscope of golds, scarlets and oranges, pinks, purples and blues.”
Sales for bedding plants at RHS Shops have doubled compared to last year with grasses showing the greatest increase. Cyclamen is the most popular autumn bedding plant with Viola (pansies) following close behind – all with 100% more sales compared to 2019.
To book a slot to an RHS Garden please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens
Source: RHS Press Release