En­joy the fresh blooms of au­tumn

Garden Answers (UK) - - Celebrate -

Fresh flow­ers creep in now, es­pe­cially if the weather’s kind. The pink flow­ers of Vibur­num bod­nan­tense ‘Dawn’ can be ac­com­mo­dated on the gar­den edge and still fra­grance the whole gar­den. If you have shade and good soil , the ar­chi­tec­tural stems and ev­er­green fo­liage of Ma­ho­nia me­dia ‘Win­ter Sun’ to­gether with its crown of fra­grant, pale yel­low ta­pers look fab­u­lous on a dreary day. Most gar­den­ers know elaeag­nus as a var­ie­gated green and gold ev­er­green, but there’s also a sil­ver-leaved ver­sion that pro­duces tiny fra­grant flow­ers – E. sub­macro­phylla. The strong lily-like fra­grance comes from pen­dant clus­ters of sta­mens and, planted in a warm po­si­tion, this of­ten flow­ers in Novem­ber. A south-fac­ing warm wall would be per­fect for a win­ter-flow­er­ing clema­tis and Clema­tis cir­rhosa pur­puras­cens ‘Freck­les’ is will­ing to flower in Novem­ber. This no-prune clema­tis has white flow­ers heav­ily spot­ted in red and as they’re star-like, they’re eas­ier to see. Plant win­ter-f low­er­ing Iris un­guic­u­laris at its base, which of­ten per­form in Novem­ber, with the pale-pink win­ter-flow­er­ing peri­win­kle, Vinca dif­formis ‘Jenny Pym’. Win­ter jas­mine (Jas­minum nud­i­flo­rum) re­sponds well to be­ing clipped in spring, and pro­duces pale yel­low flow­ers on new olive­g­reen stems. Team it with win­ter iris to cheer up a drab cor­ner; watch Iris un­guic­u­laris ‘Mary Barnard’ un­furl over a restora­tive cup of tea. The au­tumn-flow­er­ing cherry, Prunus sub­hirtella ‘Au­tum­nalis’, pro­duces pale pink con­fetti as its flow­ers come and go. It’s fab­u­lous seen against a moody Novem­ber sky.

VI­BRANT CAN­DE­LABRA Ma­ho­nia me­dia ‘Lionel Fortes­cue’ bright­ens up this au­tumn bor­der (H5m/15ft S4m/13ft) along­side fiery fo­liage of Acer oliv­e­ri­anum ❤

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