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  • Best plants for autumn colour?

    Posted by Craig A on October 9, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    I’d love to know all your recommendations for autumn colour in your gardens?

    Our staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) and Golden Indian Bean tree (Catalpa bignoniodes ‘Aurea’) are look fantastic at this time of year.

    Share your suggestions and pics if you’ve got some 😀🍁🍂

    Craig A replied 6 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Rick

    Member
    October 11, 2023 at 1:20 am

    Craig, I agree that rhus typhina has wonderful, reliable autumn colour. They are a very common wild tree in Canada and are always a blaze of orange and red no matter what kind of weather we’ve had. I also grow an excellent dwarf sumac called Tiger Eye (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’). The finely dissected leaves start out chartreuse before turning a bright yellow for the rest of the summer (they do not turn green). In the fall, the yellow changes to bright red and orange.

    • Craig A

      Administrator
      October 11, 2023 at 8:44 pm

      Oooooooh I like that one! When (if) I ever have a larger garden I’ll be sure to give it a go 🙂

  • Rick

    Member
    October 12, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    Another good shrub for autumn colour is Hydrangea quercifolia. The one in my garden is the cultivar ‘Alice’, which reaches a height of about 2 metres. The large leaves are very attractive, as are the white panicles of flowers in early summer. In very late autumn the leaves turn shades of burgundy and remain on the shrub well into winter. This photo was taken on October 12 and the leaves haven’t begun to change colour.

    • Craig A

      Administrator
      October 15, 2023 at 11:06 am

      Great suggestion, I’m finding myself getting very into some Hydrangeas at the moment. Lots of them look great in tropical style gardens with their large leaves 👍

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