How to Create a Vibrant Autumn Garden in a Few Easy Steps
Published on August 16th 2021
Although it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, there is still plenty to look forward to in autumn when gardening.
The warming colours of fading leaves and the tree branches adorned with fruits, berries, and nuts, are just a few of the things that make the fall season a time to treasure.
With the last of August officially done and dusted, you may wonder how to keep the garden colourful and exciting. While there may be fewer blooms to choose from, there are still so many ways you can brighten up outside spaces.
Keep reading for a trove of autumn garden inspiration.
The first thing that comes to mind when we think of autumn colour is the breathtaking foliage seen on trees and shrubs.
For a vibrant splash of colour, plant a Ginkgo tree and display its yellow hues in the Autumn months. The Ginko tree’s fan-shaped foliage and primitive characteristics make it an excellent focal garden feature.
To bring some deep purple foliage into your autumnal garden, choose a Purple-leaved Smoke Bush for an eye-catching addition to any autumnal mixed border.
If you'd like to brighten a garden wall or fence, a Virginia Creeper plant provides a blaze of reds, yellows and oranges. Or, for year-round drama, choose Japanese Acer\=. Its stunning foliage and impressive, bright-coloured branches make it a predominant plant included throughout Japanese garden design.
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Keep your garden lush and green all year long by using evergreen plants. With a vast choice of foliage to choose from, you can experiment with leaf shape and shades of green combined with other autumn plants.
Sunny borders are the perfect place for Camellia and Lavender plants, which both display stunning foliage throughout the year.
Where to buy evergreens:
Depending on the weather and your location, some outdoor plants can provide for a late summer glow in early autumn.
Late flowering varieties for autumn colour:
Despite the lack of blossoms, tree branches are an underrated source of colour in an autumn garden. As one of the most productive seasons, you’ll find the trees, bushes, and shrubs laced in fruits, nuts, and berries.
Figs, Plums, Damsons, Apples and Pears add colour and provide tasty home grown produce. You'll also see bright berries on plants such as Rowan, Berberis and Cotoneaster, they may be inedible to us, but provide an essential food source for foraging garden birds.
Plants for colourful fruits and berries:
Swap bright colours for texture and structure. Autumn provides an opportunity to use seed heads, branches and ornamental grasses to build and enhance our garden.
Not only do these features create an exciting display, but they also provide habitat space and shelter for garden wildlife during the more challenging, colder months.
Plants for texture in autumn:
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