Five plants with fiery foliage
Bring in autumnal crimson tones...
1 Parthenocissus quinquefolia (above) A rampant climber ideal for covering an ugly shed. It uses tiny suckers to climb. Incredible autumn foliage. Grows nearly anywhere and reaches up to 10m in height.
2 Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ Grown as a small tree or shrub and can cope with life in a container. Requires a sheltered spot in sun or part shade. If planted in the ground rather than a pot it will reach 5m in time.
3 Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ A shrub that will reach up to 4m when mature. Dramatic autumn foliage follows the soft-pink flowers. Plant in full sun to amp up the autumn show.
4 Parrotia persica This wide-spreading, but relatively small tree offers an outstanding display. Ideal for sun or part shade in any aspect. The bark is attractive, making it a valuable addition to the winter garden.
5 Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ Often grown just for its colourful winter stems but the autumn foliage is not to be underestimated. A shrub 2m in height that flourishes in a moist but well-drained soil in any aspect.