The days may be getting shorter in November, but there are plenty of shrubs to light up the garden.
Some put on a spectacular display as their leaves change colour, while others offer bright berries and hips. Some even flower at this time of year.
Take a look at seven shrubs that look good in November, below.
Euphorbia x pasteurii
Euphorbia x pasteurii is a hybrid of Euphorbia mellifera and Euphorbia stygiana. The leaves are evergreen, but will become tinged with red in autumn. Honey-scented summer flowers are an added bonus.
Deep-green euphorbia foliage
Viburnum x bodnantense
The richly perfumed flowers of Viburnum x bodnantense will be making their first appearance in November, just as the intensely-coloured autumn leaves are falling. Grow near an entrance, path or seating area to fully appreciate it.
Tiny pink flowers and maroon foliage of viburnum ‘Dawn’
Cotinus coggyria performs best in a warm spot in full sun. Purple-leaved varieties transition to scarlet in autumn, while varieties with green leaves turn orange-red. If you don’t mind losing the fluffy flowers, hard prune established plants in late spring for the best foliage.
Round, purple leaves of cotinus
Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens
Enkianthus cernuus f. rubens produces clusters of deep red, bell-shaped flowers in spring and purple-red foliage and dark berries in autumn. Enkianthus prefer soil that is on the acid side.
Red leaves and berries of enkianthus
This compact shrub produces pretty bell-shaped flowers, similar to those of Pieris. In autumn, the leaves turn a spectacular shade of red. Grows best in a sheltered spot, in damp, humus-rich soil that is neutral to acidic.
Red/orange enkianthus foliage
Most camellias flower in spring, but Camellia x williamsii and Camellia sasanqua cultivars, such as ‘Crimson King’ (shown here) bloom in November, providing welcome colour.
Bright-pink camelia ‘Crimson King’ bloom
Viburnum tinus has a generously long flowering period, usually from December to April, though it will often begin flowering earlier. A great shrub for shade where the evergreen leaves will provide year round interest. Viburnum x bodnantense is a lovely alternative.
White flowers and evergreen leaves of viburnum
Autumn shrub planting
Autumn is also the perfect time to plant many shrubs, particularly hardy, deciduous shrubs such as fothergilla, witch hazel and hydrangeas. Discover how to plant shrubs, for full advice.