Autumn shrubs can add colour, structure and texture to the garden

Gardeners can add “colour, structure and texture” to their garden by selecting certain shrubs. In an article in the Homes and Gardens section of news website Cambridge News, gardening expert Hannah Stephenson offered gardeners advice and tips on how to keep their garden looking colourful as summer flowers begin to fade.

Ms Stephenson advised gardeners to select shrubs which add colour as well as ones which will “provide the link between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and beyond”.

“Indeed, you don’t have to have a huge garden with masses of trees to enjoy a good autumn show because shrubs can provide the rich foliage contrast, fragrance and berries to create plenty of interest,” she added.

“Of course, the most important thing is to make sure that you choose shrubs which will be suited to your soil and situation. Acid lovers such as rhododendrons and camellias won’t thrive in alkaline soil, so stick to the shrubs you know will thrive.”