Something which looks nice in November

I would like to plant something in my garden in memory of my son, who lived only briefly in November 05. 

What kind of shrub would be looking nice at that time of year?  Is doesn't necessarily have to be flowering, as looking gloriously autumnal in leaf would be just as appropriate.

Any ideas welcome.



  • LynLyn Posts: 8,379

    Acers are nice, you can get ones that stay quite small.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,826

    There are forms of Sorbus (Rowan) which stay around 1 m, and have lots of white berries.

  • Tina_i_amTina_i_am Posts: 177

    Hello Catherine

    An acer sounds nice, something in a pot, so if you ever do move home, you could take it with you.

    Does it have to be a plant? What about a nice bird table or bird bath?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Hi Catherine. It's hard making suggestions in these circumstances but Verd has made some great ones. Can I also suggest an apple tree as they bear fruit at this time of year. Also, like the Camellia, Rhododendrons have their buds forming just now. The one under my front window is covered. Most Mahonias will be getting their flower buds in November ready to flower in wintertime and the flowers are scented as well. 

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Not sure how you would feel about this, but what about a garden statue,  they do ones of little boys and as tina says if you move you can take it with you. I've got one of a little boy with a watering can, you could place him amongst your flowers. They are on the web, just type it in. Hope you find something that is just right and is special to you. With best wishes. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,094

    I'm sorry to read about your son.

    You could try a Callicarpa. It has glorious purple berries from October and they last until after the shrub has shed it's leaves. Eventually the birds will eat the berries but then you know that has helped them to start the winter. Here is a link to click on for photos and description.

    Otherwise a small tree with wonderful autumn colour is Liquidamber.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Having lost child myself at a similar age, I know how difficult this must be for you.You could try Euonymous europeaus Red Cascade. It is winter flowering and is very good all year round.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Nice suggestion Dave. image

    And of course, the other lovely Euonymous - alatus - the spindle tree. Grown for its glorious autumn colour.

  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    Would second Callicarpa, lovely little pearl like lilac berries

    Or Schizostylus would probably flower then.

    Would be concerned a acer might have lost it's leaves by november.

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