Anemone hupehensis var japonica 'Pamina'

Six shade-loving plants for autumn

Discover six plants that will light up your garden during the autumn months.

Many plants flower in autumn, providing colour as the days shorten, and of course, there are colourful leaves, berries and stems to enjoy, too.

Discover 10 unusual shrubs for autumn.

Discover some of our favourite shade-loving plants to grow - add some to your garden for splashes of late colour, year after year.


Japanese anemones

Japanese anemones such as Anemone hupehensis var japonica 'Pamina', shown here, can start flowering as early as July and continue well into autumn. They are perfect for shade but can cope with sun, too.


Japanese maples such as Acer palmatum 'Orido-Nishiki', pictured, look stunning in autumn, when their leaves turn shades of yellow, orange and red.

Autumn crocus

Autumn crocuses, or colchicums, are bulbs that bloom in September and October. Their large blooms appear suddenly from bare earth. Colchicum 'Waterlily' has unusual, double flowers.


Gaultheria mucronata (checkerberry, or pernettya) has glossy berries and evergreen foliage, making it an attractive addition to an autumn container - they like acid soil, so plant in ericaceous compost.
Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' is a compact plant with reddish leaves and dark red flower buds that form in autumn, opening in spring. It's ideal for growing in an autumn or winter container display.

Beauty berry

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion', or beauty berry, is one of the most unusual shrubs you can find, with its eyecatching violet, bead-like berries. It will grow in full sun or dappled shade.
Many plants flower in autumn, providing colour as the days shorten.


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