Blazing October: And it’s not just about leaf colour; many shrubs and herbaceous plants continue giving of their best all through the month and on until nipped by the first wintery weather. Michaelmas daisies have been in flower from August. The later flowering Japanese anemones, sedums and persicarias pack a punch of colour too.. A great combination for a moist soil: Aster amellus ‘King George’, Anemone hupehensis var.’Pamina’ or Anemone hupehensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’ with Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’ and Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Fat Domino’ throw in a Miscanthus or Molinia and your have a combination crackling with colour and texture. For a drier spot try Sedum spectacle ‘Brilliant’ with one my favourite small shrubs Cerastostigma plumbaginoides, it has electric blue flowers, the leaves turn to a contrasting deep purple. Hydrangea quercifolia also has wonderful deep coloured foliage which shows off its white flowers. A large shrub/small tree for leaf colour? you can’t beat Cornus mas, (the cornelian cherry) which also has a scented yellow flower in early spring. For leaf colour alone the Japanese acers are astounding.