October in your garden

October is the best month for autumn colour – as trees and shrubs enter their dormant period they reward us with one final display. 

Evergreen foliage is the backbone of the garden at any time of year, but especially in autumn. However, Japanese Acers are the undisputed kings of autumn colour although they don’t grow where soil is too dry or highly alkaline. A way round this is to grow one in a container by using ericaceous compost and not letting it, or any Acer, dry out as that is the one thing they all hate.