Autumn is an ideal time to plant

Autumn is an ideal time to plant

We just love autumn! Arundel Arboretum, one of the leading Sussex garden centres continues to be transformed into a riot of dazzling autumn colours. Our Sussex garden centre takes on a new look daily with an explosion of yellows, oranges, reds and purples.

Are you contemplating some new plants for your garden to plant during autumn? Autumn and winter are traditionally the best times to plant – your new trees and shrubs can establish themselves over the autumn and winter months and thus require less maintenance. The soil should still be warm from the summer and moist from the autumn rain.

If you are looking to plant shrubs for autumn interest, a visit to Arundel Arboretum now will provide you with an extensive selection of shrubs displaying their stunning colours. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to assist you and to get you started, you may like to consider these:-

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ is a medium-sized evergreen shrub. It has a bushy appearance and will eventually grow to approximately 2-4m x 2-4m. Its young red leaves will turn a coppery-green and eventually a dark green. In mid-spring, creamy-white flowers appear on its branched panicles. Happy in full sun or partial shade, but in a sheltered position.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia creeper is a large, deciduous climber. It grows vigorously and will eventually reach heights of more than 12 metres! Its ovate leaves turn a fantastic bright red and orange in the autumn. Tiny green flowers can be followed by attractive blue-black berries. Parthenocissus quinquefolia will grow happily in full sun, partial shade and even shady positions, in either an exposed or sheltered position. Can also be planted in a north, south, east or west-facing location.

Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta’ (Stag’s Horn Sumach)

Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta’ is an open, upright deciduous shrub. Its fern-like, divided dark green leaves transform into stunning reds and oranges in the autumn. Yellow-green flowers appear during the summer and these are followed by crimson-red fruits on the female plants. Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta’ should be planted in full sun, avoiding a north-facing aspect. It will be happy in either an exposed or sheltered position.


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