Splash of colour as all around fades away

Autumn crocus.
Autumn crocus.

The general early autumn tidy-up is good, but don’t stop there.

Several plant introductions that can inject more colour are just waiting at the garden centre for your approval.

Gorgeous rose hips.

Gorgeous rose hips.

It’s amazing how a pack of violas or winter pansies can cheer-up a container or space in a bed.

Wallflowers and hardy members of the primula family that are ostensibly spring display plants will often oblige with an early show of colour pre-winter given a mild October.

If your borders are planted for year-round colour, autumn crocus, Michaelmas daisy and dwarf cyclamen should be highlighting still.

Fruits should also be in full flow.

Michaelmas daisies.

Michaelmas daisies.

Ornamental crab apples such as Butterball, Golden Hornet and Evereste should be challenging moyesii and rugosa rose hips for the most spectacular status.

Add to this the sudden change in leaf colour epitomised by ornamental trees – cercidiphyllum is brilliant at present – and we know we’re in for a great autumn display as October progresses.

Keep the borders and grassed areas tidy and you’ll enjoy it all the more.