Intoxicating Autumn Colours


Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’… still going after repeated deadheading.

The dramatic days of autumn are returning. Cool, brisk mornings warm up surprisingly into fair sunlit days, and twilight is early enough to be enjoyed with low back lighting fading softly into quiet crisp evenings.

The lighting during autumn is always so unique – low angles create fascinating shadows, and bring colours to the fore that are often overlooked. What do you call the colour of Miscanthus, back lit by an afternoon sun against the glinting sparkle of a pond?

Usually we think of fall colour as orange leaves, scarlet berries and japanese maples, but there are so many hues available in the garden.



Callicarpa, Beauty Berry… contrasting within itself – purple berries / golden fall foliage

The berries of Callicarpa, Beauty Berry, are some of my favorites for autumn, and underplanted with Wood’s Purple Asters they truly sparkle like jewels in the sunshine.


Senecio ‘Angel Wings’… large velvety silver leaves that brighten up the whole space and contrast the deep green ferns beside.




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