Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea Nana is a lovely small, neat deciduous shrub with good autumn colour. It looked gorgeous after the rain today, covered in raindrops.
This gorgeous deciduous shrub is also know as Beauty berry, and you can see why – the lilac berries have a metallic lustre to them – just like nature’s jewels! The berries should last well into winter, with the birds choosing other berries to eat first.
The garden has still got plenty of colour even though it’s the first day of October! These hardy fuchsias will flower until the first frosts. Such a worthwhile addition to any garden, they flower their hearts out all summer long with no attention whatsoever.
The autumn colouring of the Spindle berry tree is quite stunning! It also produces the most unusual of berries that split open to reveal orange seeds.
The beautiful tubular flowers of Phygelius x rectus Salmon Leap – also known as Cape figwort or Cape fuchsia.
Phygelius are evergreen shrubs, some of which can be a bit invasive. This one seems well behaved on clay soil.
Meet my topiary man, called Peregrine. He has just received his annual clip and has been given new eyes, nose and buttons made from dried seed heads.
It’s a good time to trim box hedges when the weather is dull and before the frosts begin.
This is Cotinus coggyria ‘Royal Purple’ and I love it when the sun shines through the new leaves. A great shrub which is so easy to grow as well as gorgeous.
This exotic looking flower is the flower spike on my Melianthus major shrub. Melianthus, also known as Honeybush, is a tender shrub and when growing outside in England it normally dies back in the winter due to the cold. Due to the mild winter we have had this year, it not only survived, but has flowered as well! I am particularly pleased with this one as I grew the shrub from seed last year.
Melianthus major has previously been my pictures of the day here and here.
My Camellia shrub has loads of flower buds this year, but unfortunately something has nibbled the ends of the buds so that when the flowers open, the petals have scalloped edges! I suspect a snail is the culprit. This one appears to be unscathed.
Leaf of Melianthus major, or Honey Bush. I grew this tender shrub from seed last year and because it has been so mild, it has survived the winter. Not only that but there is a flower bud! I have only seen the flower once before, on a previous plant I grew that didn’t survive several cold winters.