October can be a glorious month!

Autumn in the UK is a traditionally time of golden colours and falling leaves, but in gardens it can also be a time of fresh flowers, colourful fruits and foliage ranging from full green, through tawny tones into deep vibrant reds and oranges. This year, due to the summer heat, the foliage colours are even more intense. I took a walk around the Shades of Green garden to see what caught my eye (and camera lens).

Fresh flowers

Fuchsia magellanica var. alba

Rosa ‘ Graham Thomas’

Aster novi-belgii (cultivar unknown)

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ alongside autumn foliage of Paeonia lactiflora and Eupatorium purpureum

Tawny fruits and foliage

Paeonia lutea

Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’

Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ with the tawny seedbeds of Calamagrostis brachytricha

Russet fruits and foliage 

Hydrangea macrophylla and H. quercifolia, looking particularly colourful this year after the hot summer

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ (small patio tree form)

Parthenocissus henryana

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

I hope you are enjoying your garden this autumn too!


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