Choose new plants for autumn interest
It’s a perfect time to inject some seasonal colour
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.
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