Nov 01

The Garden in November

Autumn is the perfect time for planting flower bulbs like tulips and hyacinths.

Autumn is the perfect time for planting flower bulbs like tulips and hyacinths.

You could be forgiven for thinking the November is a time when the garden starts to shut down for winter and nothing much is going on. Look more carefully and you might be surprised. November is often thought of as the start of the gardening year, the month when traditionally trees and shrubs are planted. But for me, the glory of November lies in the colours. Leaves are turning on the trees and even the dead stems of perennials provide a striking backdrop against a riot of gold, bronze, reds and browns.

Plants for color in the autumn

Evergreen shrubs are a must have in the autumn garden. As leaves fall, their striking colours provide a focal point for the garden in this eve-changing season. Some of the best evergreens include Arbutus unedo or strawberry tree. This compact, slow-growing shrub has flowers and red fruit at the same time in late autumn. Erica carnea or winter flowering heather comes in various shades of pink and white and provide a steady burst of colour resistant to most temperatures and wind. Viburnum davidii is a small evergreen shrub which has bunches of upstanding berries in a lovely shade of turquoise lasting late into winter.

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