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Ladybrook Nursery’s top recommended plants for spectacular autumn colour

No-one can doubt that autumn has well and truly arrived. The weather may well be getting chillier and the nights may be drawing in, but that shouldn’t mean your garden will no longer produce anything of interest. Autumn is a great season for the garden: there are lots of rich and sumptuous colours to look forward to and beautiful berries and foliage to be enjoyed. If you’re looking for autumn plants that will add spark and interest to your autumn garden, then here are some of our top recommendations.

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’


Also known as the Smoke bush and Venetian sumach, this deciduous bushy shrub produces smoky plumes of soft pinkish flowers in summer, and striking deep purple foliage in autumn. Plant in full sun for the best colour display.

Type: shrub or small tree

Height: 5m

Foliage: dark red-purple turning scarlet in autumn

Flower colour: purple/pink smoke-like plumes

Flowering: July to August

Aspect: full sun


Cotinus coggygria ‘Flame’


This vigorous bushy shrub produces oval light green leaves in spring and summer which turn a shade of brilliant orange/red in autumn. Its produces dusky pink smoke –like plumes in summer.

Type: shrub or small tree

Height: 6m

Foliage: green turning orange-red in autumn

Flower colour: dusky-pink smoke-like plumes

Flowering: summer

Aspect: full sun to partial shade


Euonymus Alatus Compactus


This spreading shrub has neat green leaves all year round, which turn brilliant red in autumn. Its flowers are small and green-tinged, followed by purplish-red fruits, splitting to reveal orange seeds

Type: Shrub

Height: 1m

Foliage: green turning rosy-red in autumn

Flower colour: green followed by red-purple fruits

Aspect: full sun to partial shade


Cercis Siliquastrum


Cercis Siliquastrum produces an abundance of deep pink flowers in late April – May. The flowers are quickly followed by bright green heart-shaped foliage. In autumn the foliage turns yellow and is followed by clusters of reddish purple flattened seed pods which hang from the branches.

Height: 10m

Foliage: blue-green heart-shaped leaves turning yellow in autumn

Flower colour: magenta to pink clusters

Flowering: Spring

Aspect: full sun to partial shade


Acer Palmatum Osakazuki


Osakazuki is a large deciduous shrub of rounded habit. It produces large 7-lobed green leaves which turn a brilliant orange/scarlet colour in autumn and small red flowers and fruits in spring.

Height: 4m

Foliage: large green leaves, turning bright red in autumn

Flower colour: red

Flowering: spring

Aspect: sun or partial shade

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