Autumn Colour

Hi everyone.

I thought you might be interested how much the foliage of my Acer Palmatum has changed during the past few days. Do you grow this type of Acer?. I would be interested to see any photos you have or any other Autumn colour would be good.



 This was taken July 2012



 Taken 19th October 2012




 It is just amazing how much change there has been over the last few days,. It's a shame to think that after we get the first hard frost, the leaves will drop, but I will enjoy it for a little while longerimage




  • that is beautiful Chris x

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,823

    That is gorgeous.image

    I'm planning a new border in the front garden (part shaded, west facing) and am certainly looking at using some shrubs to provide blocks of autumn colour as a background to contrasting flowers - I'm getting lots of ideas for good combinations by just looking around at gardens and parks nearby, but all ideas welcomed image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Thanks Bev and Dove.

    I've had the Acer for about 12 years and it is in a really shady spot. It doesn't get any strong winds or direct sunlight, so I think that is why it does so well.image


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Hi Chris. 

    Am looking for an acer to go in a shady spot with spectacular foliage. Do you know what variety it is?

  • Beautiful, LtG....acers are lovely at this time.

    Here's a couple I have:




  • Thanks David. Your's are also beautiful, they really are worth growing.image mine will have to be re potted in the spring, as the last 2 bad winters have cracked the potimage

     bjay - I think the variety is Garnet, but I have had it so long I can't be absolutely sure. If you google it and compare, it looks very much like it.

    Thanks everyone for your interest.

    Has anyone else got any Autumn colour to share?image


  • Leaves off our potted acres already.

    Drive over the moors from work and the colours are looking fantastic, deep gold grasses and darker bracken, looks wonderful with the sun on it. Must stop and take a photo, but usually in a hurry to get home!
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I think it might be a bit early for true Autumn, at least where I am, in Warks.

    This is sumac. As you can see, some leaves are turning red, but some leaves are still green..

    And this is Crimson Glory Vine (Vitis coignetiae), which is turning, but should get a lot redder...

  • "Has anyone else got any Autumn colour to share? image "

    I posted some some in  the 'Gallery' thread the other day.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    I haven't got a picture at present, but my ginko is the most glorious shade of deep butter yellow, as it is every year at ths time.  Clear colour, no spotting, just stunningly good. 

  • I found your posting in the gallery David, things get "lost" when there are a lot of different postings and slip down the pages. The trees look lovely, I like this time of year for colour, it's just a bit sad that it will soon be winter, but then every season brings something different to enjoy.

    Gary - Some things are really turning now and others are still quite green, must be all the rain we've had. Lets hope we get the Indian Summer they keep talking about,and then perhaps it will postpone the inevitable.image Lovely pics. everyone, thanks for sharing


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,293

    Stunning pictures of the acers Chris & David K. I've always admired them but never really thought about getting one myself. I noticed that you both have them in pots and they do grow to a fair size. Do you need to grow them that way? I've got a woodland area that I'm planting up, the lovely colour of them at this time year would really brighten that space up.

    gary- I've always loved that plant and now I know the name- really beautiful.

    I do forget sometimes how beautiful Autumn is, always thinking that Winter is on the way. Whilst I moan about the Winter,I do really love the changing of the seasons that we have.

    I've still got a fair bit colour going on in the garden, sad as soon as the first frost come, they will be over.

  • As far as autumn tints go, perhaps this Silver birch is't very spectacular, but it's mine & grows at the bottom of my garden.


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Who told you thst isn't spectacular? They fibbed!!

  • Hollie-Hock --You can grow Acers straight into the ground. I grew mine in a pot as some of my garden is prone to the east winds we get in Lincolnshire, so I wanted to give it some protection, and also you can move it about , if you've got the strength, to find just the right spot. Mine has taken about 12/15 years to reach this size, I can't remember just how long I've had it. I has been outside in all the bad winters and has come through them fine.

    Lovely pictures as always David.image


  • Thank you, LtG.....the latter was taken at nearby Shugborough Hall (ancestral home of the late Lord Lichfield) here in Staffordshire.

    Another taken at the same time:



  • I've been to Shugborough Hall, lovely place to visit.


  • lovetogarden wrote (see)

    I've been to Shugborough Hall, lovely place to visit.



    Glad you enjoyed your visit, Chris...although it's only a couple of miles from me, I rarely visit.

    I thought I had a pic taken with deer in the foreground, but it escapes me at the mo.

    I'm visiting the Forrest of Dean on Nov 7th specifically to see the autumn tints, so maybe I'll have more to contribute.

  • I love the acers, mine is turning a very dark pinky red. So beautiful. Think i might get another one next year. Enjoy the forest of dean David

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