in the gar­den

CEL­E­BRAT­ING AU­TUMN COLOUR AND ALL THE BEAUTY OF THE SEA­SON.

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TREE CHANGE The best species to plant for glo­ri­ous au­tumn fo­liage.

Flower colour is fleet­ing, so most of the great gar­den de­sign­ers fo­cus on leaves. In cold cli­mates, fo­liage sup­plies struc­ture for at least six months of the year and come au­tumn, it can be the star of the show. • Scar­let oak ( Quer­cus coc­cinea). Best suited to cooler climes, this lofty species, shown left at Wom­bat Park in Dayles­ford, Vic­to­ria, blazes red. • Liq­uidambar ( Liq­uidambar styraci­flflua). Happy in most gar­dens, the maple-shaped leaves on this large and fast-grow­ing tree flflush yellow, orange, red and deep pur­ple. • Maiden­hair tree ( Ginkgo biloba). With its pretttty, fan-shaped leaves that turn bright gold, this slow-grow­ing species is best suited to cool to tem­per­ate cli­mates.

PAT­TERN PLAY

In­spired by free-form geometric shapes, Mel­bourne-based Lump Sculp­ture Stu­dio’s steel ‘Geo’ sculp­ture, $3710, lends a touch of moder­nity to a coun­try gar­den. Sculp­tors Chris Vas­sallo and Ti­mothea Jewell are also happy to cus­tomise the de­sign and size to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions. (03) 9489 4766; lump.com.au

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