Brilliant autumn-flowering shrubs include late-flowering Hydrangeas and Hebes.
There are lots of different colours and varieties to choose from. Hebes are a fantastic nectar source for bees and other pollinators as well.
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ is another fantastic option. At first glance it appears to have clusters of small red flowers but these are actually buds that will open into delicate white flowers come spring, so you can enjoy changing colour from these delightful plants throughout the colder months.
Don’t forget, this is also the time for planting fruit trees and bushes, like apple and pear trees, but also redcurrant, gooseberry, raspberry and blueberry bushes.
Plant them separately or mix them in borders amongst shrubs as they make nice ornamental plants as well producing delicious fruit come summer.