Top 5... herba­ceous plants for sea­sonal tints

These va­ri­eties will make your gar­den glow with rich au­tum­nal colour

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1 Muk­de­nia rossii ‘Kara­suba’

Low, slow-spread­ing peren­nial. Rich green, maple-like leaves turn red from the tips. Sprays of white flow­ers from March to May. Any damp, but not con­stantly wet soil in semi-shade. H: 20cm (8in), S: 30cm (1ft). Tip Ideal for grow­ing in pots in shade. From www.edrom-nurs­eries.co.uk; tel: 01890 771386.

2 Am­so­nia hubrichtii

Clump-form­ing, fine-leaved, airy peren­nial. Fo­liage turns bright yel­low then ma­hogany be­fore fall­ing. Sprays of starry, soft blue flow­ers in June and July. Any moist, well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. H: 75cm (2½ft), S: 50cm (1¾ft). Tip Plant is slow to es­tab­lish, but long lived when happy. From www.claireaustin-hardy­plants.co.uk; tel: 01686 670342.

3 Pan­icum vir­ga­tum ‘Shenan­doah’

Up­right, clump-form­ing, de­cid­u­ous grass. Leaves be­come red-tipped in sum­mer, pro­gres­sively turn­ing wine-red by au­tumn. Vo­lu­mi­nous, airy seed heads. Any moist, well-drained soil in sun. H: 1.2m (4ft), S: 60cm (2ft). Tip Lift and di­vide in late win­ter. From www.knoll­gar­dens.co.uk; tel: 01202 873931.

4 Darmera peltata ‘Nana’

Com­pact peren­nial pro­duc­ing a car­pet of um­brella-like, bronze-tinted leaves from flat rhi­zomes. Tall spires of pink and white flow­ers ap­pear be­fore leaves in spring. Moist, but not wa­ter­logged soil in sun or light shade. Leaves turn yel­low and red in au­tumn. H: 60cm (2ft), S: 45cm (1½ft). Tip An ideal pool­side plant.

From www.bethchatto.co.uk; tel: 01206 822007.

5 Euphor­bia ep­ithy­moides ‘Bon­fire’

Mound-form­ing peren­nial with stems clothed in nar­row, pur­ple-flushed blue-green leaves, red-tinted in au­tumn be­fore fall­ing. Tight heads of sul­phur-yel­low blos­som in April and May. Any moist, well-drained soil in sun. H: 60cm (2ft), S: 45cm (1½ft).

Tip Wear gloves when han­dling due to ir­ri­tant sap.

From www.claireaustin-hardy­plants.co.uk; tel: 01686 670342.

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