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1). Hydrangea foliage compensates for immature flowers
2). Yellow wisteria foliage behind an alstroemeria which has flowered for five months
3). Blueberries deserve a place in the ornamental border
We can use the phrase 'autumn colour' just to refer to the general beauty of the autumn garden. This can be things like autumn berries and flowers, coloured woody stems, frost on trees, herbaceous tops and lawn, silken spider webs glistening in the low sun and so much more. Alternatively the phrase is used, as here, almost as a technical term and refers to the autumn foliage colour on deciduous and, in a few cases, evergreen plants. This is the beauty of senescence when the last of the leaves’ resources are translocated back into the plant, the leaf-bases dehisce and chemical change in the leaf gives those gorgeous pigments.
- Good colour is promoted by sunshine and cold autumn nights. Very intense cold is not good as it will accelerate the rate of leaf-fall.
- This has been a particularly good year, perhaps because, after a wet season, the ground is wet and there has been no premature leaf-fall due to drought.
- When selecting new plants for a garden, autumn colour is an important consideration.
- With many shrubs and trees raised from seed, there will be considerable variability in their autumn colour. It is best to buy in autumn when you can inspect them.
- Some plants hold their autumn colour for weeks, even months. Others are extremely transient and their colour is lost in days.
1). These dogwoods will have beautiful winter stems
2). Acer griseum
3). Cornus florida alba variegata gives summer variegated foliage, autumn colour and winter stems
4). Leaves of Itea ‘Henry’s Garnet’ are first to colour up and last to fall
1). Thalictrum ‘Elin’ grows eight foot tall
3). Colour change in hydrangea flower
1). Geranium macrorrhizum, one of the best herbaceous ground cover plants
3). Maple in my ‘acid border’
4). Polygonum affine ‘Donald Lowndes’
1). Cut leaf maple
3). Cut leaf maple
5). This vitis produces lots of sour grapes