Your favourite plants for autumn colour?

I love autumn and each year I love the colours more and more! I need to remember this when planning new plants for next year.

My favourite at them moment is a beautiful rowan with yellow berries.

The photo doesn’t capture how golden and glowing it is. And birds are already starting to have an eye on it as the berries ripen.

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I do love a Rowan! My sorbus Pink Pagoda is lovely but the colour is short-lived as the birds seem to target these berries first!

My fav tree for leaf colour is sweet gum (liquidambar) - such lovely reds. This is one I saw at Bressingham Gardens last year. Each leaf was gorgeous.


I managed to get a (much!) smaller version of it for my garden but am waiting on the colour change still :roll_eyes:

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No room for a tree in my garden, but salvias are looking wonderful at the moment… I had a lovely photo but can’t find it now :joy::joy::joy:

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Having a Sorbus aucuparia in your garden keeps your home safe, old Scandi lore.

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Strange one this year: my rugosa roses turned a really bright acid yellow (have had them for a few decades and never seen this before). Looks quite stunning with the bright red hips…a one-off probably but really enjoying it.

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My rugosa rose Hansa has also been stunning this year contrasting well with Nandina domestica. Whereas, my favourite tree for autumn colour, Stewartia pseudocamellia was not at its best.

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This is a difficult question, I love autumn its my favourite season, our Liquidambar styraciflua are looking fantastic, as did the Red Oaks (Quercus rubra) but their leaves don’t stay long, Acer Katsura’s always look good, as for shrubs, Euonymus alatus is one of my favourites.

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I’ve really noticed the Euonymus this year, they have fantastic colour!

I’ve noticed some Persicaria have really good autumn colour, which is forgotten. Not all of them so it’s a bit bit and miss but some do, and keep their leaves until the first frost.

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I didn’t know this, it’s good to know! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

That’s so true, Persicaria is under rated

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There’s some beautiful shrubs as well – I’m looking at planting a Rhus aromatica 1.2m x 1.5m (Lemonade Bush), dwarfish Chokeberry 1.5m x 2m (Aronia x prunifolia ‘Brilliant’) and a native Dogwood 2.5m x 2.5m (Cornus sericea) for a small garden. All edible/useful/beautiful in different ways :grin:

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