Barlow Nurseries

Growers of trees, shrubs and hardy herbaceous perennial garden plants near Newport, Shropshire


Our Vitis cognettiae would completely cover our lychgate given the chance; it needs a mid-season prune to keep it in bounds.   But in autumn it flips from exuberant growth to graceful decline.

Vitis cognettiae autumn leaves

Elegant decrepitude – half way to hibernation (and the leafmould bin).


We’re currently enjoying the first serious rainfall of the month, and forecasters are predicting that by the weekend, we’ll see an end to the warm dry weather that has dominated autumn so far. There’s an almost audible sigh of relief coming from the plants in the garden.

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