Your garden in autumn
PUBLISHED: 18:08 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:08 25 September 2015
Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards sponsor Coolings of Knockholt on how to use seasonal bedding plants as a great way to decorate your garden this autumn and keep the colour continuing.
Blue, white and silver are three colours that combine well to produce a cool but stylish effect. Try using blue trailing Coolwave pansies cascading down the pot with silver ivy and evergreen silver thyme plants. The thyme adds a lovely fragrant dimension to the pot. Cineraria Silver Leaf as the centre plant adds height and has beautiful dissected foliage.
The pastel effect of pink planting combinations is very aesthetically pleasing. Calluna Garden Girls are fantastic bud-blooming heathers that give months of colour and bees also adore them as a source of late nectar. Planted with pink mini-cyclamen and pink winter pansies makes a lovely show.
The low ruby foliage and berries of Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) combines well with rusty reds of winter pansies. The maroon buds of Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ or red berries of Solanum pseudocapsicum ‘Thurino’ are a good choice of upright.
Yellow is a colour that will shine out on dull days. Yellow violas combined with yellow hardy polyanthus look lovely and remind us that spring is just round the corner. Golden trailing Vinca minor ‘Illumination’ is a great evergreen cascade plant. With a golden dwarf conifer as a centre piece and dwarf narcissus bulbs popped in now, the party will continue well beyond Easter next year.
With Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, the bronze shades of autumn chrysanthemums catch the mood of the moment.
Top tip: Pick a glazed pot that matches the colour of your planting scheme.
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Coolings The Gardeners’ Garden centre
Rushmore Hill, Knockholt TN14 7NN
Open: Mon to Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4.30pm