Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brighten Up the Autumn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brighten Up the Autumn

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Autumn's rich colours may be a little later this year, thanks to continuing mild weather, but soon their orange, red and golden splendour will be here.

If you plant thoughtfully, you can still have a riot of colour in your borders long after the flowers have faded, when leaves change colour to present us with fantastic autumn tints and rich, swollen berries.

There's an abundance of great shrubs which provide fantastic colour in autumn which means the season ends with a flourish rather than a depressing view of brown, rotting leaves.

If you have room, try to fit in a spindle bush, Euonymus alatus, which can grow 6ft (2m) in height and width if left unchecked, but which offers a burst of brilliant red autumn colour when its leaves turn crimson. It's a relatively little-grown deciduous variety. After the leaves have dropped the corky flanges running up and down the stems give the plant some architectural value in winter.

Of course, the Japanese maple (Acer japonicum) comes into its own in autumn. There are so many varieties in different shapes and sizes, with leaves turning different shades of red, purple, plum and gold in autumn, that you need to consult a reference book or an expert at your local nursery to check which one will be suitable for you.

If you have room for a small tree go for A. palmatum 'Osakazuki', with its maple-shaped leaves which turn to orange and red before falling. It grows to 5mx5m (15ftx15ft). …

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