Autumn flowers in the garden
– Flowering plants to extend the season of colour and interest during the autumn are invaluable to any garden. Here are a few to choose from that will remain until the first hard frosts of winter. All are perennials except for the Hydrangea and will appear each year with little maintenance. The Cyclamen will thrive under trees and those shown in the picture are growing under a conifer hedge!
The small, dainty flowers of the Cyclamen and the Erigeron are such a delight at this time of year and encourage the eye to focus at another level of planting within a bed or around steps and walls. Whereas the larger blooms of the Hydrangea or Rudbekia lend themselves to the middle or back of a bed. The Anemones are a favourite of mine as they flower their socks off for you and return every year in even bigger clumps if you let them.
The daisy-like flowers of Asters look great if planted in groups to give impact and colour and the statuesque forms of Dahlias create eye catching statements in any bed with their brilliant colours and petal combinations. Finally the Aconitum stand erect and are useful in groups in the middle or back of a bed. Just remember that all parts of the Aconitum are poisonous and gloves should be worn at all times when handling this plant.