Mum’s the word
Chrysanthemums and asters also continue flowering well into autumn, as long as you keep deadheading them. Heleniums and kniphofia (red hot pokers) are great for adding colour to tired borders. Put life back into your containers as they fade away with ivy, heather, polyanthus and winter-flowering pansies and primulas.
Add height, movement and texture with ornamental grasses. Their fluffy seed heads liven up borders and create a great backdrop for other plants. Two great choices include Miscanthus sinensis and Calamagrostis brachytricha. And, finally, fruit trees look their best in autumn, groaning with delicious harvest produce. Add some extra autumnal colour with Physalis alkekengi – the Chinese lantern. The papery red fruit covers have loads of character. Plus they have a touch of Halloween spookiness about them.