Plants to em­brace the colours of au­tumn

Who says it’s a dull sea­son? Get ready for fiery fo­liage, bright berries and beau­ti­ful blooms

Garden News (UK) - - News - Words Naomi Slade

Au­tumn’s a cosy time of year and the gar­den’s chang­ing. The bright, clear greens of sum­mer soften to a muted pal­ette of brown, rust and taupe or ig­nite into an eye-pop­ping dis­play of ma­roon, pur­ple, scar­let and crim­son.

The leaves start to colour and fall, crunch­ing through a pa­pery car­pet of orange and gold with a whiff of wood smoke in the nos­trils. But this is a time that also her­alds the ap­pear­ance of bright berries and au­tumn blooms, and all sorts of in­ter­est­ing things that have been play­ing it cool while the weather’s warm, only now come out to play.

Crab ap­ples adorn the trees like baubles and Ja­panese quince, Chaenome­les japon­ica, flaunts its gilded fruit. Acers turn scar­let and gold and our na­tive field maple puts on its bril­liant, but­tery-yel­low sea­sonal per­for­mance. Se­dums and rud­beckia may roll on­wards, joined by freshly pert colchicums and saf­fron cro­cuses, but sud­denly, there’s more to the gar­den than just flow­ers.

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