Planting autumn’s jewel colours to pep your mood.
Gaze out on an autumn morn at ruby reds, the lustre of emerald greens dappled with soft sapphire pinks swaying in the breeze. Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty’, with its blousy ruby-red flowers has great textural form planted in long swathes with a plethora of echinaceas (pinks and whites), feathery grasses and rudbeckias for the relaxed spirit of prairie planting – and you don’t need a great plain you can plant mini-prairie in a smaller garden.
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ takes us through the autumn harvest with its warm summer yellows to its dark, dramatic seedheads adding magical winter interest when covered in a sparkling frost. Underplanting with bulbs such as long sweeps of Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ gives spring interest.
Feel inspired? See wild, herbaceous planting in The Walled Garden at Broughton Grange, Oxfordshire.