Autumn plants to look out for
Wondering what makes up the autumnal spectrum in our gardens and parks? Here's a showcase of the best and brightest of autumn colour.
Dahlias bloom from late summer until the first frosts. Their vibrant colours and variety of shapes can be found in many gardens.
Autumn Colchicums appear from August to October, and give a bluish hue to flowerbeds. They're commonly called 'naked ladies' because they can appear without foliage.
The Japanese maple tree gives a pop of true red colour to gardens at this time of year and can create some peaceful shaded areas in the afternoon autumn sun.
Autumn asters produce masses of long lasting, daisy-like flowers and are a great perennial plant for a sunny mixed border, as well an important source of nectar for insects in autumn.
The magenta pink that nerines bring to gardens is enough to brighten any cold autumn morning — these are long-lasting autumn blooms.
Gardening tips: Colour your garden with autumn
Paint your garden with autumn colours this year, from fiery reds to sunkissed yellow hues. Here are four tips from our gardeners to really make your garden stand out.
The perfect time to plant
Autumn is the perfect time of year to carry out any big replanting jobs, because the soil will still be warm to aid root establishment and moist from late summer showers.
Replenish your lawn after a long summer
Apply top dressing and over seed to remove moss and dead grass to reduce disease. You can then sit back and enjoy a healthy green lawn next spring.
Plant strategically with autumn colour for next year
In order to achieve maximum autumn colour, plant ahead now. All acers are a good choice, but the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) makes a spectacular specimen tree, providing fiery leaves in autumn.
Instead of raking up autumn leaves, use these natural resources when mulching the ground. You can also use grass cuttings, wood chips and even ground coffee. This keeps the soil moist and nutrient-rich without using harmful chemicals.