Your garden in autumn

PUBLISHED: 18:08 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:08 25 September 2015

Fiery red Gaultheria procumbens

Fiery red Gaultheria procumbens


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.

Mellow blues

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.

Passionate pinks

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.

Fiery reds

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.

Vibrant yellows

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.

Autumnal orange

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.

Get in touch

Coolings The Gardeners’ Garden centre

Rushmore Hill, Knockholt TN14 7NN

01959 532269

Open: Mon to Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4.30pm

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