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