Five plants with fiery fo­liage

Bring in au­tum­nal crim­son tones...

Country Homes & Interiors - - GARDEN NOTES -

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.

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