We’re well into September now and it feels like summer is a long and distant memory – and with it disappears our much enjoyed summer flowers. What was once a rainbow of colour now looks dull and dreary but the excitement doesn’t have to be over – the end of the summer is a season of its own with the arrival of fiery autumnal shades so let the plants in your garden take you on a journey from summer through to winter…
Perfect for adding striking sunny, bright shades to the garden as the seasons transition, Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ produces masses of uniform, golden-yellow flowers that really light up in the late-summer, early-autumn sun.
And now, as winter is on its way and the garden has adjusted from bright multi-colours, to deep reds and purples, let Photinia ‘Red Robin’ bring a final twist of colour. As the red tinge of the leaves of the ‘Red Robin’ fade late in the summer, throughout autumn the foliage turns a deep and glossy green which acts as the perfect backdrop to winter flowering shrubs and flowers, and makes a statement when the rest of the garden looks dark and lifeless.
‘Maple’ Acers are renowned for their colour-changing foliage that put on an outstanding performance at this time of year, each and every year. In sync with the changing seasons, the leaves of these Acers evolve with the weather and their colours deepen as the autumn arrives.
Echinaceas will happily flower late in the summer and through to the Autumn, continuing to fill gardens with vibrant shades of pinks, purples, yellows and reds. They’re a fantastic perennial for prolonging that bright and breezy summery feeling if you don’t quite want to let go of the sun just yet.
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