Late Colour




“Why should our gardens peter out on a whimpering note at the end of the season? I want mine to go on full throttle till unkind weather definitively intervenes”

The late, great, Christopher Lloyd, Plantsman at Great Dixter and Horticultural Author/Writer


Autumn doesn’t mean that the garden is finished until next spring, some plants are still flowering their socks off well into November, so borders don’t have to be a bare patch of earth. It is not necessarily a time of winding down but can be a time when some plants and shrubs thrive, giving a riot of colour

The beauty of autumn goes far beyond those colourful falling leaves when you look at plants with textures, seed heads, buds, flowers and berries. Encouraging colour in the garden for as long as possible is important.

Containers are a great way to see you through the colder months. As summer draws to a close, don’t leave those containers empty, plant them up with things that will take you through to next year and also don’t forget perennials with good evergreen foliage, they can be planted on in the garden next Spring.

Winter may be just around the corner but the bleak weather doesn’t mean a bleak garden. As we begin to think about wrapping up both ourselves and our gardens for the colder weather, it’s a good time to think about what can be used to create a warm glow on cold days or even what can be potted up ready for next year.

We’ve planted up some pots for late season interest that will take us into next year using the following plants:

Autumn MagicHeuchera 'Blackberry Jam' (VR)Euphorbia 'Efanthia' (P)Ajuga 'Black Scallop' (P)Bergenia 'Autumn Magic'

Sage officinalis 'Icterina (Gold)'Lysimachia 'Goldilocks'Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'Heuchera 'Key Lime Pie' (P)


Violas are another plant that is great for baskets and containers that will flower well into the later months of the year and we stock many varieties, most of which offer good scent and perennial flowering attributes. They also look absolutely stunning in the fringes of borders, rockeries, bowls and tubs. Here’s just a few from our catalogue:

Viola 'Molly Sanderson'Viola 'Buttercup'Viola 'Jackanapes'Viola 'Rebecca'

All of these plants can be found in our 2016 Growing Innovations catalogue, and you may find some on the current surplus list:


1. Christopher Lloyd “Christopher Lloyd on Gardening”, The Guardian “September Colour” 10/09/15