Autumn conjures up images of trees changing colour, chill mornings and wrapping your hand around a mug of hot chocolate. Traditionally autumn was a time to harvest crops, stockpiling food for winter and celebrating the harvest. Yet autumn is also a time of abundance and beauty. This we find in the stunning colours we get from the plant’s leaf colour changing. In this article, I will have a look at why leaf colour changes, highlight plants with colourful foliage during autumn and suggest some beautiful flowering plants for this time of year.

Why do leaves change colour?

The contrast of colours during autumn will blow you away.
The contrast of colours during autumn will blow you away.

Top plants for leaf colour in autumn

Autumn is also the best time of the year for flowering shrubs and plants bearing colourful berries.  Loads of plants have their last flush of colour before winter arrives, therefore autumn can be and one of the most colourful times of year one’s garden. It is as if nature wants to spoil us with a last burst of colour before winter arrives. Plant them before winter or in spring to ensure a bounty of colour.

There are loads of colour for autumn.
There are loads of colour for autumn.

Top autumn flowering plants

Take the time to watch the nature change in your neighbourhood change as autumn progresses. A great idea is to take weekly photos that will show the change in colour best. Don’t forget to start mulching as soon as the leaves start falling. With our rushed lifestyles we tend to overlook the changes in the seasons. Reconnect with nature and recharge your soul with autumn allure.

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