Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Autumn is delicious. It makes me think of pumpkin soup, chilly walks, mulled cider, and the first few evenings by the log burner… I sometimes wonder if autumn colours occur purely to brighten up the dull days and try to cheer us up as we head into the cold, short days of winter – therefore, we should take the opportunity to fill our gardens with autumn colour to ensure it will be a cheerful season! There are some trees and shrubs that produce autumn colour leagues above the rest of them… here are few of my favourites…

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’: A real show-stopper. The neat little maple leave turn a stunning shade of red  in October and seem to cling on for a while… a good couple of weeks of glorious autumn colour to brighten up you garden.

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’: Equally as gorgeous as ‘Brandywine’, this Acer does a beautiful display of glowing orange leaves, with some pinky-hues thrown in for good measure. When the autumn sun shines through it’s leaves, it really will look like it’s on fire.

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’: Red, pink, purple, green, orange, yellow… if you want one tree to provide you with every autumn colour known to horticulture – this is the one! The large heart-shaped leaves turn many colours, often even within one leaf. How could you resist..? As a bonus, it has bright pink flowers in the spring and generally looks drop-dead-gorgeous for most of the year…

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’: The colour of Grace when she takes on her autumn colour is positively neon red. It somehow manages to glow all on it’s own whether it’s a sunny day or a cloudy day…! Often there are some bright orange-hues amongst the leaves as well but the overwhelming colour is bright red. As a bonus the leaves are beautifully coloured for most of the year and the unusual smoky flowers create a fabulous display in the summer.

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’: The foliage is not the only thing about this plant which turns a fantastic shade of fiery red. It also has exquisite little seed pods with little vivid pinky-red capsules that split open to reveal glowing orange seeds in the centre. It looks as if the plant is decorated with lots of freaky little bells amongst the vibrant foliage.

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Prunus ‘Kanzan’: An alternative to the reds, this flowering cherry produces a burnt orange colour which stands out in any landscape. The foliage appears to glow at dusk! An added bonus is the gorgeous pale pink double blossom in the spring. Possibly my favourite flowering cherry – a good all-rounder…

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn

Malus ‘Jelly King’: Although there isn’t much to be said for the autumn leaves – possibly a good display of yellow and green at best, the autumn fruits are another great way to get autumn colour into the garden. The crab apples on this tree bright red with a light touch of gold here and there, and are particularly large and also happen to make wonderful crab apple jelly (hence the name…).

Come and see our range of trees, shrubs and hedging and choose your favourite plant for your autumn garden!

Ruby Simpson can’t remember a time when she hasn’t been interested in horticulture. After years of practical experience and training, she now works for Nicholsons as our CAD Manager and Planting Designer. Her passion for plants and interest in all genres of design translates through to stylish, plant-filled gardens to suit the individual needs and tastes of each client.

Fill your garden with colour this Autumn