Plants to embrace the colours of autumn
Who says it’s a dull season? Get ready for fiery foliage, bright berries and beautiful blooms
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.