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Our Top 10 Plants For Autumn Colour And Interest

Gone are the days of putting the garden to bed once summer has ended. With the right choice of plants, your garden can bloom throughout the year, creating an ever-changing landscape that brings excitement and intrigue.

Autumn brings an enchanting display of fiery colour tones, rich berries and striking foliage, providing a spectacular sight of late-season colour. Even though the crisp, cool nights are drawing in, the perfect plants that thrive at this time of the year will bring some much-needed cheer.

We’ve compiled a list of our garden favourites for an abundance of autumnal colour and interest below:

1. Pyracantha ‘Red Column’

We can’t talk about autumn plants without mentioning berry-bearing shrubs. A mass of decorative, bright red berries makes Pyracantha ‘Red Column’ a sight to behold in autumn. Its dense form of glossy evergreen leaves and spiny stems make this variety ideal for hedging and screening, as well as positioning in beds and borders.

Pyracantha ‘Red Column’ garden plants for autumn colour and interest, red berries, shrub

2. Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’

Green, ovate leaves develop autumnal colours before falling, revealing vivid yellow-green stems. The bare, upright stems of this shrub steal the show with a striking and valuable display of colour and interest from autumn into winter.

Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

3. Ceratostigma ‘Summer Skies’

Ceratostigma ‘Summer Skies’ brings a wonderful contrast of red and blue to an autumnal garden. Its delicate, sky-blue flowers appear almost paper-thin, sitting atop vibrant red stems and flower spikes – which add a textural element to beds and borders. The dainty blooms gently flutter in an autumnal breeze for a touch of airy movement.

Ceratostigma 'Summer Skies' - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

4. Anaphalis triplinervis ‘Silver Wave’

Add a brightness to the shorter days with the pure white, paper-like flowers of ‘Silver Wave’. This unusual perennial also forms a dense mass of silver leaves with woolly white stems, making an unusual cut flower!

Anaphalis triplinervis ‘Silver Wave’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

5. Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Overdam’

Grasses are a great garden addition for year-round movement and texture. ‘Overdam’ brings the perfect autumnal interest that accentuates beds and borders with its architectural height and form. Variegated leaves lined with white add to its charm.

Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Overdam’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

6. Coprosma ‘Eclipse’

This colourful evergreen shrub brings a warming glow to the garden, delighting with its glossy, light-reflecting foliage that appears in a myriad of pinks, oranges and browns.

Coprosma ‘Eclipse’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

7. Heuchera ‘Cranberry’

Nothing quite says autumn like the foliage of Heuchera ‘Cranberry’. Think of autumn and you automatically conjure up images of gorgeous rich leaves – and this attractive mound of ruffled foliage in shades of orange-red certainly doesn’t disappoint!

Heuchera ‘Cranberry’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

8. Pachysandra terminalis

One of the best evergreen ground covers around, rosettes of glossy foliage carpet beds and borders, perfect for planting beneath trees and shrubs to cloak areas of bare soil with life and greenery.

Pachysandra terminalis - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

9. Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’

This punchy shrub provides valuable pops of crimson and purple with its bi-coloured blooms. Its pendant flowers grace the garden from summer into autumn, proving popular with both gardeners and pollinators. Use this award-winning, hardy fuchsia to embellish arches, trellises and walls.

Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ - garden plants for autumn colour and interest

10. Aucuba crotonifolia

Ideal as a slow-growing evergreen hedge, this shrub bears bold foliage that brings colour and pattern in abundance. Its glossy green leaves are speckled with yellow markings, brightening up shady areas of the garden.

Aucuba crotonifolia - garden plants for autumn colour and interest


Happy gardening!