Enjoy the fresh blooms of autumn
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 ❤