Updated: Apr 28
Now in late October, Autumn has finally arrived in my garden. I have some great leaf colours:
Left to right: purple beech and silver birch against a blue sky, blueberry, Aronia Viking, cherry bush "Porthos",
Berries are forming and my Spanish cane is looking spectacular:
Left to right and top to bottom: Leycesteria formosa, Fatsia japonica, Spanish cane bracts x 2, English ivy, Beauty berry (Callicarpa bodinieri "Profusion"), Cotoneaster, Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Salvias are known for their long flowering period. These ones have been flowering continuously since June, despite the less than ideal clay soil in my garden:
Left to right and top to bottom: Salvia jamensis 'Pluenn', Salvia Gregii 'Icing Sugar', Salvia 'Amistad', Salvia 'Wendy's Wish', Salvia 'Hot Lips', Salvia guarntica 'Black & Blue' Salvia greggii 'Blue Note', Salvia 'Love & Wishes'
A lot of my "summer" flowers are still going strong too:
Left to right and top to bottom: Hydrangea The Bride, Rose 'Ausblush', Rose 'Margaret Merril' Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby', Hypericum (variety not known), French marigolds, Rose 'Lady of Shallott', Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'
But my absolute favourite plant at this time of year is my potted Arbutus 'Atlantic', which right now has fruit which is both ripening and already ripe alongside the flowers which will turn into next year's fruit: