Gardener’s Corner: November

Gardener’s Corner at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens: November

James Cross, Head Gardener and Property Manager

The garden will be full of colour as we enter the start of November, and if the warmth continues, the colour will last beyond mid-month.

Dahlias, Salvias, Roses and Asters have all been excellent this year. The colour of our magnificent specimen trees will brighten up the darkest days, especially the golden Gingko, limes, rich crimson red Liquidambar (sweetgum) and copper beech. The smaller Japanese Acers and cherries are also beautifully bright.

We are particularly busy during November, as we are cutting the last of the hedges, especially the yew, which we can incorporate into our decorations for ‘Christmas at the Palace’.

In November, we will be digging a new winter border at the back of the Wells border, which will be full of bright red, orange, and yellow Salix ‘Yelverton’. The border will shine bright with colour when viewed from the Well pool.

We will also plant bright witch hazels and Hellebores, which will cheer up the dullest winter day. There are lots of Tulips to plant once the annuals in the colour garden have finished. Within November, we will be making changes to the borders by lifting and dividing plants and marking the soil with sticks where new plants are required. You can do this any time in November, providing it is mild.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gardens in November.

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