20 plants for autumn

The days may be getting shorter but there is still plenty of interest in the garden, from late-flowering perennials and autumn foliage to colourful bulbs and striking seedheads. Here are 20 of the best and most reliable, that will continue to work hard from August to October – and sometimes even longer.

Trees       Shrubs  
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum, autumn leaves golden, (c) Pepinieres Dauguet
(c) Pepinieres Dauguet
    Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’

Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea

Favus sylvatica f. purpurea, leaves and nuts, mid-summer, 23 June 2018

    Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’

Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue', landscape, Queen Mary's Gardens, 24 September 2020

Liriodendron tulipifera

    Ceratostigma willmottianum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Liquidambar leaves and seed pods, Kew 21 June 2019

    Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’

Malus ‘Evereste’
(c) Pepiniere Bretagne
    Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple', landscape, St John's Lodge, 4 June 2019

Herbaceous perennials       Bulbs  
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’     Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘George Davison’
(c) Marshalls Garden
Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’

Aster x frikartii 'Mönch', Regent's Park, 10 September 2019

    Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium (c) Meneerke bloem / Wikipedia
(c) Meneerke bloem / Wikipedia
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Helianthus Lemon Queen, Regent's Park, 28 September 2021

    Gladiolus murielae

Gladiolus murielae, Park Square, 17 September 2021 landscape

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm', Regent's Park, 10 September 2021

    Hesperantha coccinea ‘Sunrise’

Hesperantha coccinea, St John's Lodge, 8 October 2021 landscape

Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia Amistad, 14 November 2019

    Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii, Putney, 3 November 2019