There are many plants that give their best display in autumn when their flowers, berries or leaves are at their showiest.
Skimmia-These neat evergreen shrubs earn their keep by giving year-round interest to shady borders, but they are also at home in containers. In autumn and winter they develop showy red or green buds which open to fragrant spring flowers which are followed by showy, lasting red or white berries on female plants which are a real bonus. Small, starter plants give great stucture to winter window boxes and hanging baskets. They are also seldom damaged by deer or rabbits. They belong to the same family as Citrus hence the lovely aromatic smell when you crush their leaves.
Nandina Obsessed-this relatively new selection of heavenly bamboo (but it is not a bamboo!) is a compact shrub grown primarily for its foliage, which emerges fiery red before turning fresh green, and then red again as autumn takes hold. In summer, pretty clusters of white flowers add to its appeal. With its long season of interest and compact habit, Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’ is perfect for a sunny spot in a small garden, and can also be grown in containers.
Heuchera -Coral Bells come into their own with their huge array of leaf colours which make them perfect for brightening up winter containers and borders. With leaves from acid green to caramel to burgundy there, is a selection to suit all colour themes!