Boost Autumn Colour with our Top Picks

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Create a dynamic look with vibrant stems.
We love…

Shrubby Cornus alba which are grown for their vivid winter stem colour. We particularly love Cornus alba ‘Sibirica Variegata’ for its outstanding orange and red foliage in autumn and striking bright red winter stems. It is a fantastic backdrop to all manner of other plants and gives great garden value.


For fiery foliage try…
From emerging buds in spring through new growth and summer colour, Japanese Acers get better as the year goes on. In autumn, they change from the summer colours of greens, limes, purples and reds to spectacular shades of oranges, scarlets, crimsons, purple bronzes and yellows. Here are our top amazing Acers for autumn


Add colour to borders with berries….
Callicarpa 'Profusion' is definitely a favourite at Coolings this year for its iridescent pearly purple berries in autumn. Plant in pairs for the best displays.

The low ruby foliage and berries of Gaultheria procumbens is another popular choice. It also combines really well with rusty reds of winter pansies. The maroon buds of Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' or red berries of Cotoneaster are a good choice.

For a good floral display try late performing bloomers like…
Asters - the cheery flowers of Michaelmas Daisies make Asters a must have plant for year after year autumn colour. Try Aster novi-belgii 'Bahamas' or ‘Barbados’.

Another beauty that a lot of customers don’t think are Camellias. Most people associate Camellias with the spring, but there are also beautiful autumn flowering varieties that will bring a wonderful display of colour to your garden through the autumn and winter months. We love, Camellia ‘Sekiyo’ for its large and fragrant raspberry-coloured simple flowers with gold stamens and Camellia ‘Pink Goddess’ for its large, elegant, lightly-perfumed pink blossoms.

Bedding Beauties…
Calluna Garden Girls are fantastic bud-blooming heathers that give months of colour. Bees also adore them as a source of late nectar. They make a lovely show when planted with pink mini-cyclamen and pink winter pansies as the pastel effect of pink planting combinations is very pleasing to the eye.


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