Six on Saturday: Autumn Colours

Despite shorter days, increasingly cooler nights and the impending likelihood of the first frosts, the garden continues to provide a succession of ‘wow’ moments as autumn takes its brush and repaints it in its own choice of colours.

The initial peachy colour of crab apple ‘Evereste’ has instead become a glowing shade of  pinkish red, whilst leaves of the various witch hazels change from green to yellow in the case of Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ (below) and to a stripy russet shade on H ‘Spanish Spider’ (second below):

Hydrangeas age gracefully, morphing like our favourite Grannie into a calm, serene and soft old age:

Ornamental grass Anemanthele lessonii is wonderful in many ways, providing movement and texture in the border and taking on glowing autumn shades as the year progresses; here, it is just beginning to show reddish tints but in a small pot elsewhere it resembles a burning bush:

Finally, for today’s Six on Saturday contribution to Jon the Propagator’s meme, Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, sandwiched between two different cornus neighbours, took me by surprise by suddenly casting off most of its leaves and exposing its red bark for any passer-by to see – the floozy! All of the group have shot up in height this year, despite having been cut right back to the ground, and will once again provide a spectacular showing throughout the winter. Look out for their colourful stems on Six on Saturday in due course!

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37 Responses to Six on Saturday: Autumn Colours

  1. Lovely brushwork by Mother Nature. I covet your Dogwoods!

  2. Love that Spanish Spider leaf! I bet it would look great dried and pressed. Then embossed on a greeting card.

    • Cathy says:

      I might do that, Chris, well, dry abd press them at least. Some of the witch hazel leaves colour up from the outside in and are especially attractive

  3. Fall colors are definitely here.

  4. jenanita01 says:

    No signs of autumn in my garden yet, though. I suspect it will happen in a hurry and if I blink, I will miss it!

  5. Beautiful autumnal colours – in particular the Evereste crab apples and dogwood stems.

  6. Fabulous autumn colour Cathy! I have one witch hazel with flaming orange/red foliage whilst the other remains resolutely green 😄

    • Cathy says:

      My witch hazels are so varied, and Arnold Promise seems to drop its leaves befire all the others wuthout colouring at all. You don’t know the name of yours?

  7. Heyjude says:

    “…as autumn takes its brush and repaints it in its own choice of colours.”

    Love it! And love the Cornus too. I was tempted to buy one recently, but it would have to go into a container and I am not sure if they are suitable for container growing.

    • Cathy says:

      Gorgeous, isn’t it?!

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes! Even though it is classified as an ornamental ‘flowering’ crabapple, the fruits are big and juicy enough for jelly. I suppose fruits of any cultivar are good for jelly, but some of the smallest sort are rather pithy. I wanted to collect fruit from ‘Prairie Fire’, but there is not much substance to them. Besides, they were too pretty on the tree.

  8. Cathy the most wonderful fall colors take over her garden. I love crab apples, Hammamelis “Spanish spider” and Cornus. The Lawn Anemanthele lessonii had never seen it and I like it very much. Enjoy your colors, because they are ephemeral like time. Take care Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      I like that statement, Margarita – ‘Enjoy your colors, because they are ephemeral like time’. Very true

      • Thanks Cathy. Time is ephemeral as we are in a world where everything is, even the most beautiful rose in the most beautiful garden. We go from the glorious bloom to the fallen petals and when the last one falls, we fall into the ephemeral time. But someone will always remember us in his sweet heart for eternity. Greetings from Margarita.

  9. Chloris says:

    I love the colours and fruits of autumn too. Your hydrangeas have turned a gorgeous antiquey shades.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s only one hydrangea, and just an apology for one too – it belonged to the Golfer’s mother and was shoved at the back of the woodland edge border to sink or swim, and it seems to be swimming… But yes, I think I prefer the faded shades

  10. cavershamjj says:

    A very autumnal six! I suppose we must admit that summer is long gone now.

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