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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

My favourite plants for Autumn

I love Autumn in the garden. As it becomes cooler and the days become shorter, it's the season for vibrant but dusky colours and beautiful architectural seed heads.

Here's a few of my Autumn favourites:

  1. Hylotelephium herbstfreude

With it's dusky pink floral mounds, loved by pollinators, and the glaucous blue/green foliage, this plant looks fabulous in any Autumn scheme. Combined here in my Wanstead Naturalistic Planting Design with Geranium 'Ann Folkard', Pittosporum 'Irene Patterson' and Echinachea purpurea for a fantastic Autumn display.

2. Anemone x hybrida 'September Charm'

With soft pink petals contrasting with yellow stamens, this Anemone gives height to your Autumn beds and looks great combined with ornamental grasses and Persicaria affinis, as shown here in my N12 Dog Friendly Garden in Finchley.

3. Calamagrostis brachytricha

This drought tolerant and hardy ornamental grass has beautiful dusky pink seed heads in Autumn which are great for structure in the Winter garden even when they turn brown. Seen here combined with Lavender and Astrantia major in my E2 Canalside planting design in Hackney.

4. Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'

For Autumn foliage colour and architectural structure you really can't beat an Acer and I love the weeping form of a dissectum 'Garnet'. Seen here in my Stoke Newington Elegant Front Garden combined with Sarcococca hookeriana 'Purple stem' and Trachelospernum.

5. Echinachea purpurea

I don't think that you can beat Echinachea purpurea for Autumn colour and structure of the flower forms. Seen here beautifully combined with Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' in my E11 Naturalistic Planting Design.

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