autumn leaf colour

Autumn Colour In The Garden

Enjoy the Vibrant Autumn Colour in Your Garden

autumn leaf colour

Autumn is a season of stunning beauty, with nature putting on a breathtaking display of vibrant colours. As the leaves on trees change from lush green to brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold, it's the perfect time to embrace the beauty of your garden. In this article, we will explore how you can enhance the autumn colour in your garden and introduce a stylish bench to enjoy the colours.

Well my favourite genus bar none at this time of the year is Acer. Certainly in the running as my favourite genus for all times of the year it is truly this season when they steal the show in the garden.

What were up to now maybe graceful but muted pale green specimens standing subtly in the garden during the summer are now on fire. Bronze, orange, red, yellow and colours unnamed as yet are to be found on the leaves of the Acers during Autumn.

The genus comprises over 100 species and at this stage the amount of varieties and cultivars must be in the thousands. The common name for Acer is Maple and not to be confused as referring to simply the palmatum or Japanese types.

I have yet to meet a maple that hasn’t painted the town red during October. From the larger Acer platanoides types (Norway Maples) which will tolerate nearly everything that nature throws at them through to the all together more delicate and fussy Acer palmatums some with their very finely dissected leaves such as Acer palmatum ‘Stella Rossa’ which wont tolerate you even talking about the wind.

One Acer, that when I first met it, literally stopped me in my tracks with its seasonal display is Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’. Growing to about 10metres (30’) after 20 years or so it will tolerate most positions and a certain amount of wind.

Too big for the smaller gardens but if you have enough space do try and work one in as it wont get too big but will be large enough to be a commanding feature in the outdoor room. The undersides of the leaves are a lovely silvery colour which contrasts beautifully with the deep red topside. This silver colour is a trait of one of its parents, Acer saccarinum (Silver Maple) a beauty in its own right with more of a golden autumn colour.

autumn colour on japanese maple

One of the most dramatic trees of all for a simply awesome and breathtaking display is Liquidambar and in particular the variety ‘Worplesdon’. If I could have in any way squeezed more adjectives into the last sentence to accentuate just how stunning it is at the moment I would have.

For such a special tree it nearly seems wrong that everyone who meets it for the first time will always mistake it as an Acer. Its not an Acer it’s a Liquidambar, also referred to as Sweet Gum.

Named after the sleepy village in Surrey nestled between Guildford and Aldershot which is coincidentally where I lived whilst studying Horticulture many years ago Worplesdon is another tree that will need a larger garden. Don’t be tempted to squeeze it into a small space as it will outgrow it in time and what should be a special tree will become a problem. The species Liquidambar styraciflua will in itself give great colour, very much yellow, copper and russet but Worplesdon will leave you speechless turning a deep blood red in colour.

We have had such an amazing early autumn, the autumn colour is quite late this year with many trees holding onto their summer look right into October. In Fota Arboretum last week I was looking at some Oak trees which were so green that with the blue sky behind them you could have thought it was mid summer. When the leaves do turn, I wonder whether nature will remain calm and wind-free and thus let us enjoy the annual display for more that a few days or will she come in with a roar to announce the summers true end. Whatever happens this autumn do open your eyes to what is all about. It need not be the most sought after specimen of Acer or Liquidambar that excites you it could be the common Ash trees and hawthorns in the hedgerow that convert you to be like me, a lover of this time of the year.

Banana Bench 151 cm Solid Teak Wood

Creating a Colourful Autumn Garden

To make the most of the autumn colour in your garden, consider planting trees, shrubs, and flowers that are known for their vibrant autumn foliage. Maple, oak, and beech trees are renowned for their stunning autumn hues. Additionally, ornamental grasses, such as Japanese blood grass and Miscanthus can add a touch of fiery red and golden yellow to your garden.

Pairing these plants with evergreen shrubs and perennials can provide a beautiful contrast and ensure your garden remains visually appealing throughout the year. The combination of warm autumn colours and the lush greenery will create a captivating landscape.

Introducing the Banana Bench 151 cm Solid Teak Wood

To fully enjoy the autumn colours in your garden, you need a comfortable and elegant spot to sit and take in the beauty. The Banana Bench 151 cm Solid Teak Wood is the perfect choice. Constructed from extremely durable teak hardwood, this bench is not only stylish but also built to withstand the elements.

The teak wood used in this bench is known for its exceptional strength and weather resistance, making it the ideal material for outdoor furniture. It has been seasoned, kiln-dried, and fine-sanded to give it a smooth and polished appearance. With minimal maintenance required, you can relax and enjoy the autumn colours without worrying about the upkeep.

Measuring 151 x 62 x 86 cm (W x D x H), this 3-seater garden bench provides ample space for you and your loved ones to sit comfortably. The seat width of 143 cm and the seat depth of 58 cm ensure that you can relax and unwind. With a seat height of 44.5 cm from the ground, it offers easy accessibility.

Whether you choose to keep the natural teak colour or add a coat of paint or finish in your favourite shade, this bench will be a stylish addition to your garden or patio. It's the perfect spot to relax and soak in the breathtaking autumn colours with your friends and family.


As autumn arrives and the garden transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours, it's the ideal time to enhance your outdoor space. By incorporating trees, shrubs, and flowers known for their vibrant fall foliage, you can create a captivating autumn garden. And with the addition of the Banana Bench 151 cm Solid Teak Wood, you'll have a comfortable and elegant seat to enjoy the beauty of the season.

Click here to explore the Banana Bench 151 cm Solid Teak Wood and make your garden the perfect place to relax and enjoy the autumn colours.

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