this is an image of sambucus black lace berries in november

Autumn Flowering Plants

In Perthshire you can still have autumn flowering plants that last through the months of September, October and November. It's the season when foliage colour and berries take on centre stage rather than showy flowers. Colour clashes don't even matter all that much. Bright cerise pink nerines by mid October contrast with the orange/red leaves from the Witchhazel Jelena foliage. A colour combination I'd never have during the spring and summer months!

"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits." ~ Samuel Butler
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The pace of garden work is much slower  while the days are shorter and much colder.  Here in my Perthshire garden I still have a few little pockets of autumn flowering plants. Though you'll find most of the posts over on the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day archives.


this is an image of yellow Rudbeckia fulgida var. 'sullivantii Goldsturm autumn flowers commonly known as coneflowers
this is an image of a fading rudbeckia flower in November

Beauty in Decay

You can't beat Erigeron karvinskianus for it's terrific blooms. Those blooms resist the early seasonal frosts and flower well into November.


Rudbeckia flowers are my favourites to photograph in Autumn. They fade so beautifully. Even in their final days they still look great in the flower borders...especially with a dusting of frost.


Even seed heads have such fading beauty in the autumn garden. The best ones in the garden being the Astrantia, Hydrangea, Golden Hops and Sea Holly.


While over at Branklyn Garden there are still many late bloomers. Just make sure you visit the gardens before they close for the winter.


But just as you think that the garden is finished flowering. It isn't! The Lenten Rose starts to flower at the end of November. The first of the Witchhazel 'Jelena' buds start to unfurl. Sarcococca infuses the cold air with its intense perfume. While the bright pink Cyclamen coum flowers welcome all visitors at my front door.

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