THESE winter showstoppers provide gorgeous colour and blousy texture to containers, providing a focal point in small displays or adding rich foliage form to larger arrangements, planted with small conifers, heathers and feathery artemisia.
THIS deciduous tree-like shrub offers a cloud of tiny purple-pink flowers in late summer, which is where the name 'smoke bush' comes from, but it's an all-round winner for much of the year because of its impressive oval purple leaves which turn a brilliant red in late autumn.
A NATIVE of North America, the gaultheria procumbens, also known as wintergreen, is an uplifting shrub which provides spectacular colour and enjoyment all year round, producing white or pink bell-shaped flowers in spring and early summer, followed by beautiful scarlet berries as temperatures fall.
SOME may disregard this North American tree as the suckers can pop up all over the place, but if you remove them close to the base of the plant, it can be kept in check and the glorious autumn colours it produces will be well worth the effort.
ORNAMENTAL grasses come into their own at this time of year and miscanthus is among the best, forming a large clump of arching mid green leaves – and in autumn upright stems appear bearing silvery flowerheads.
THE value of eating plenty of fruit is well known and what could be better than gathering some fresh from your own garden? Good for body and soul, fresh fruit packed with vitamins will feed your sense of well-being and reinforce your connection with nature in a way that shop-bought never could.
YOU won't find a more dramatic sight in autumn than a Boston ivy, also known as Japanese creeper, covering north, east or west-facing walls, as its large, deeply lobed green leaves turn spectacular shades of blood red and purple.