I hope you’re enjoying the autumn colour, that last fiery farewell in the garden before winter gets a grip.
I’ve made a determined effort after the high winds & dashing rain of this last week, to notice the fabulous colours before they disappear completely.
I read somewhere once, that buying a seasonal plant every month results in a garden that always has something interesting to see throughout the year. Though I think that it’s more likely to result in a random collection of plants, unless there’s a plan of the garden to make sure it all works together.
But it’s certainly worth thinking about having plants in your garden that look good in each season.
I’ve had a fresh look at my garden, & I’m thinking about how to introduce more autumn colour.
So far, there’s a stunning Acer palmatum planted in a pot, that I can see through the window when I sit in my favourite chair. Next door’s Virginia Creeper sends a few rambling stems over the garden wall, right next to the kitchen door. This is perfect as far as I’m concerned, a whole plant would overwhelm this part of our garden. The leaves of Beech tree will soon turn fiery orange & light up the corner at the end of the garden, but thats about it for autumn colour.
Here’s 3 favourite plants for autumn colour:
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides / Hardy Plumbago, 40/40cm:
A hardy little, deciduous plant, it has bright blue flowers in late summer & dark green leaves that turn red in autumn.
I’m buying 5 of these to plant at the edge of a border that I can see from the sitting room.
Berberis atropurpurea ‘Helmond Pillar’ 1.2m tall x 70cm:
Tall & slim, so great for small spaces & has a flash of brilliant red in late autumn.
Acer palmatum / Japenese maple:
Ideal for growing in plant pots, as the pot restricts their growth. Just remember they need planting in ericaceous compost, mixed with John Innes No 3 for some substance.
Small plants with autumn colour are always useful, they’re easy to fit into gardens & balconies. Its worth noting that bigger quantities of small plants are needed to make more of an impact.
Check the eventual size of the plant & if it suits the conditions in your garden before you buy. That way it’ll thrive & won’t need replacing, & keep us on the track to a sustainable garden.
Enjoy the autumn colour while it lasts.
All photos: Jill Anderson.