With the weather being on our side this year it has made such a difference with how all the plants in the garden have grown.
Less leaves and lots more flowers, now the challenge is to keep the colour carrying on through into the autumn, so let’s see what we can come up with.
There are two ways you can get colour in the autumn, from flowers or foliage! Now with flowers you would look for late flowering perennials. Crocosmias are a great plant to take you from summer into autumn and a great plant to continue this colour in more pastel shades are the Schizostylis, commonly known as the Kaffir Lilies.
In pink, red and white, they have masses of very showy flowers and will grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate a wet soil, so great for the Ribble Valley!
If you’re looking for more upright colour then Heleniums, Asters and Rudbeckias will light up the garden. Heleniums come in reds, oranges and yellows and have a very pronounced daisy-like flower. Rudbeckias are commonly known as the Black Eyed Susan and bear a bright yellow flower with a black centre.
Asters are commonly known as Michaelmas Daisies and they again have a daisy like flower but in more pastel shades. We grow a lovely compact variety called Aster “Little Pink Beauty”, which bears candy floss pink flowers on one foot tall stems. Using a range of these plants will ensure that you have lots of flower colour through autumn.
Now let’s look at some great autumn colour in the leaves.
Japanese maples are well known for their great displays of colour in the autumn, you will find the deep red leaf varieties turn a pillar box red and other green leaf forms will turn yellow or orange depending on variety. If you struggle to grow Acers because your garden may be too windy, the Liquidambars are small ornamental trees renowned for their maple like leaves and stunning autumn colours, going yellow, then orange and finishing on a deep tone of red, they’re great for lighting up a corner in the garden or maybe even as a centre-piece.
It all depends on the weather just how good the autumn colour will be on the trees and shrubs.
Get an Indian Summer and the colours are enriched, but lots or rain and wind then they just get blown away, so we will have to wait and see what’s in store for this autumn!