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…

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