Despite having RHS membership, it's a full nine months since I was last at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate. Waking relatively early one morning, on a whim I decided to drive over there, arriving before most of the crowds, though it did soon get busier. Thankfully the gardens cover a huge area so it's not too difficult to 'socially distance'. The long borders of herbaceous planting are colourful at this time of year, though the planting scheme hasn't seemed quite as inspired lately as it was perhaps five years ago - still attractive though.
Clematis and roses trained around the supports at the entrance to the Edwardian garden looked like hanging baskets.
Even in the areas where there is just foliage, it is surprising how many different tones and textures there are. In the autumn, I think that little acer will have its time in the spotlight.