Michelmas daisy autumn aster (Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht') and Verbena bonariensis plant combination

Best plant combinations for autumn colour

We bring you ideas for adding a splash of autumn colour to the garden or patio, with some of our favourite plant combinations.

Autumn can be a dazzling season in the garden, thanks to changing leaf colours on trees and shrubs, colourful berries and perennials that flower in autumn. Ornamental grasses and evergreens come into their own, too. 

Michaelmas daisies and nerines are just two plants that look good in autumn - discover 10 plants for autumn colour.

Take a look at some of our favourite plant combinations for autumn, below. 


Nerines and astrantias

Nerines are autumn stalwarts – just as summer plants start to wane, they emerge. Here, Nerine 'Pink Surprise' is planted alongside a Chelsea-chopped Astrantia 'Roma', which is flowering late in the season.

Daisies, blue fescue and senecio

This silver-toned pot display provides dramatic contrast with the warm colours of autumn. It's planted up with Festuca glauca 'Intense Blue', Jacobaea maritima, cushion bush (Leucophyta brownii) and Bellis daisies. 

Verbena and Michaelmas daisies

Verbena bonariensis flowers for months, and is often still going strong in October. Here, it is planted alongside a white Michaelmas daisy, Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht', which means 'October Light'. Discover 12 of the best Michaelmas daisies to grow.

Miscanthus and helianthus

Cheery yellow helianthus are the perfect backdrop to Miscanthus sinensis 'Positano'. Not sure how to grow grasses? Watch this quick video with expert advice on caring for grasses.

Fuji cherry and nerines

Ornamental cherries, here Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai', are known for their spring blossom, summer cherries and rich autumn foliage, which is complemented by the red Nerine sarniensis.

Cornus and carex

Evergreens grasses, like Carex morrowii 'Fisher's Form', really earn their keep in autumn and winter. Here, they are combined with the the colourful stems of a dogwood, Cornus alba 'Sibirica'.

Autumn containers

These pots and containers are packed with plants that look marvellous in autumn, including grasses, evergreens and colourful stems. When you're out and about, keep an eye open for old crates, tubs and other containers that could be used as planters, and group them together for maximum effect. 
When creating plant combinations for autumn colour, don't forget to include plants with berries.


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