in the garden
CELEBRATING AUTUMN COLOUR AND ALL THE BEAUTY OF THE SEASON.
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.
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