Purple verbena flowers planted with white michaelmas daisies

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.

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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.

When creating plant combinations for autumn colour, don't forget to include plants with berries.

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.

Pink nerine and astrantia flowers
Pink nerine and astrantia flowers

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.

White daisies with silver/grey foliage of blue fescue, senecio and cushion bush
White daisies with silver/grey foliage of blue fescue, senecio and cushion bush

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.

Purple verbena flowers planted with white michaelmas daisies
Purple verbena flowers planted with white michaelmas daisies

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.

Tall, feathery helianthus plumes with bright yellow miscanthus flowers
Tall, feathery helianthus plumes with bright yellow miscanthus flowers

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.

Bright orange nerine flowers set against bronze Fuji cherry foliage
Bright orange nerine flowers set against bronze Fuji cherry foliage

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.

Low, variegated carex grasses around tall, red dogwood stems
Low, variegated carex grasses around tall, red dogwood stems

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 – group them together for maximum effect.

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An assortment of containers planted with evergreens, grasses and colourful stems
An assortment of containers planted with evergreens, grasses and colourful stems

Most colourful small trees and shrubs in autumn