Shades of Autumn

Today has been one of those rather frustrating days in the garden.  One minute the sun is shining and you get all enthusiastic about planting a few more of those tulips you couldn’t resist only to find that as soon as you get out there the heavens open.

In those moments when the shine is shining however the autumn colours really sing.  Across the countryside here in Warwickshire the leaves seem to have remained on the trees this year and the colours are really lovely.

Here is a selection of the autumn colours we are enjoying in the garden at the moment.


One:  The walk up the ‘old’ rose garden contrasts the changing red shades of the purple leaved Cotinus coggygria, Prunus and Viburnum with the yellow of the hornbeam hedge and the distant yellow of the silver birch.

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Two:  This green leaved Smoke Bush at the top of the cutting garden provides a sumptuous autumn display of colour.

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Three:  In the woodland walk these small field maple trees provide a golden glow in the sunshine.

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Four:  Another purple leaved Cotinus this time in the patio bed contrasting with the still green Wisteria and grey leaved Santolina chamaecyparissus.

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Five:  Although a seriously spiky plant when cutting the grass this Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea offers excellent purple foliage all year and is well worth its place in the shrub bed.   At this time of year the foliage develop a range of orange hues.

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Six:  It is of course not just about the leaves at this time of year.  Many of the cotoneaster bushes, sorbus, roses and blackthorn are full of berries and hips. This tall Pyracantha is in its prime at the moment and providing a feast for the birds.

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5 thoughts on “Shades of Autumn”

  1. I think that red and yellow are the two colors of the moment and your Six has described it very well ..! Nice pictures especially those with cotinus. Mine don’t have the red color that you have yet. A few more days and they will start turning.

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  2. I love all the reds & purplishes in your photos, but those infrequent yellow & oranges, especially when surrounded by green or other colours (like the walk photo), they really pop out. How beautiful your garden must be at this time of year.

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    1. It has been interesting this year that the individual hornbeam trees have all had slightly different autumn colours even though they are right next to each other in the hedge. This has turned a normally consistent green hedge into a mix of interesting colours.

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