Choose new plants for au­tumn in­ter­est

It’s a per­fect time to in­ject some sea­sonal colour

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Au­tumn’s here and al­though many plants have come to the end of their grow­ing sea­son, there are still plenty that look good at this time of the year. It’s a great time to get plant­ing, so if your gar­den is lack­ing colour and in­ter­est through the au­tumn months, now’s the per­fect time to put that right. The main ad­van­tage of plant­ing now is that roots have time to es­tab­lish while the soil’s moist and warm be­fore win­ter. This means that the plants will grow away much bet­ter in spring and be­cause they’ve put down their roots, they’ll be more drought tol­er­ant should we get an­other dry sum­mer.

If you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, a visit to lo­cal parks and gar­dens will give you some ideas and, of course, at this time of year gar­den cen­tres have all their new au­tumn stock in. Trees and shrubs that de­velop au­tumn fo­liage are the ob­vi­ous choice, but don’t for­get ev­er­greens and var­ie­gated plants that’ll look good all year round. Plants with berries and au­tumn fruits add colour and pro­vide food for birds and there’s a good se­lec­tion of au­tumn-flow­er­ing plants, in­clud­ing hes­per­an­tha and ner­ines, that con­tinue to bloom into Novem­ber.

S e l e ct p l a nt s w it h good leaf colour or late-bloom­ing flow­ers

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