It’s easy to inject fresh colour and vigour into your borders in early autumn by planting some hardy perennials in full bloom. Not only will they look good immediately - they’ll also give repeat performances for years to come.
Discover some unusual shrubs for autumn.
You’ll find a vibrant array of seasonal plants on sale in garden centres and DIY stores throughout the autumn. Choose larger plants for immediate impact, and buy plants that have buds so that you will enjoy their display for longer.
You might also see late-flowering annuals, such as cosmos - these can add an instant colour hit but bear in mind that they will die as soon as the first frosts arrive.
Here are some great autumn perennials to look out for in September and October.
Japanese anemones are stately perennials that enjoy full sun or partial shade, gradually spreading once established. Add plenty of compost to the planting hole to encourage their fibrous roots to grow deeply, and keep them well watered. Good for the middle or back of the border.