My Mum’s garden puts on a spectacular display in Autumn.
While the leaves of the cherry tree have turned a rich golden colour, deepening to red towards the branch tips, it is the acer standing nearby that truly steals the show at this time of year.
This striking red foliage belongs to Acer palmatum ‘Chitose-yama’.
The appeal of this compact acer, awarded the AGM by the RHS, is not limited to autumn. In high summer, while these divided leaves are a mixture of bronze and green, they are joined by a mass of eye-catching scarlet keys whose colour is almost equal in ferocity to this dazzling display.
Across this modest garden, the dark leaves of Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ sparkle with raindrops, still to change into the dark red livery of autumn.
Nearby stands another small tree that I covet: Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, whose leaves, a handsome dark purple through the summer, are now a rainbow of purple, green, red, orange and gold.
In the next few weeks, these leaves will continue to smoulder, flaring in the soft October light.
I would be hard-pushed to choose my favourite between the acer or cercis, both of which deserve a place in even a small garden – now I just have to work out where we can squeeze one of each in…
Christina hosts her regular round-up of foliage today: do pop over to explore more.