With winter almost on our doorstep, it is a good time to cast a critical eye over your autumn garden and judge if you are making the most of the stunning colours of autumn. This final blaze of colour is a joy to the eye and spirit and with a little careful thought easy to add to your garden. I include some of my favourites, and the tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum (below) is one I want to put in my garden – a graceful tree which gives a blaze of autumn colour and the distinctive smell of burnt sugar. This tree can also be used as a focal point in a garden.
Other choices might be Euonymous alatus (height 3m, spread 2m) but if your garden is smaller go for Euonymous alatus ‘Compactus’ (height and spread 1m). I have several planted together in my garden to create some autumn fireworks.
For a last hurrah – grow Knipfofia roopii which flowers in my garden late September onwards up to the first good frost. Plant where you can see it grow. I can see it from my kitchen window and watch as inch by inch the stems suddenly appear and almost seem to grow taller in front of you. I grow it with the ornamental grass Stipa gigantea. Celebrate autumn in your garden.