Gardening expert shares his ‘favourite’ plant to add ‘colour’ to your garden this autumn

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Managing Director of Hopes Grove Nurseries in Kent, Morris Hankinson, explained exclusively to what is favourite plant is for adding colour to an autumn garden. Hopes Grove Nurseries was established 27 years ago and grows approximately one million hedge plants in 50 acres of land in Tenterden. The nurseries regularly supplies plants for ITV’s Love Your Garden which features Alan Titchmarsh and David Domoney.

Autumn is a great time of year to start adding new plants to your garden.

The soil is still warm which means conditions are perfect for new roots to start growing pretty much straight away.

Morris also explained that now is a great time to choose plants from garden centres because you can see what they will look like in all their glory.

He said: “It’s a good time of year to choose shrubs and plants and trees that have autumn colour because you can see them.

“They’re in the nurseries and the garden centres now.

“Especially as the autumn goes on, you can see for yourself what they’re going to look like and what they’re going to bring to your garden.

“If you buy a lot of these plants in the spring when the leaves a fresh and young and green, you might not appreciate how beautiful they’re going to be in the autumn.”

When it comes to adding colour, Morris said there are plenty of options out there.


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However, one of his “favourite” plants to plant in autumn is a pyracantha.

He said: “One of my favourites, which we sell for hedging but they’re good for shrubs as well, are pyracanthas or ‘fire thorns’.

“The berries on them now are just starting to really get the colour to them.

“They will go right on through until the birds take them off.

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“Sometimes into the new year. You’ve got a really nice long season.”

Pyracantha produces beautiful red, yellow or orange berries in autumn and winter.

You can train the plant against a wall or fence or use it as a hedge.

The shrub is also beneficial to wildlife, which makes it even more appealing.

Morris continued: “The bees love them as well when they’re in flower in May and June.

“You’ve got these little white flowers – they’re nothing much on their own but they produce so many of them.

“They’re often almost alive with pollinating insects.

“Then the birds get the berries later on.

“They’re not the most popular with the birds but when the other berries are running out, they always go through them!”

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