I had a meeting at RHS Garden Wisley last week and decided to get there a bit earlier so that I had time to walk round and take some photographs first. A lot of the trees had already lost their leaves, but there was still a lot of autumn colour especially in the sunshine that appeared every now and again.
What caught my eye were the hydrangeas which, despite being well past their best, still looked fabulous. They're such great structural plants when they are in flower and, at this time of year, the flower heads are almost more dominant because the leaves have almost gone.
I love the vintage feel that these mop head hydrangeas bring - I think it's the colour, you can imagine a large vase of them inside the house somewhere. Of course these are great flowers to dry and it's not to late if you're quick!
The Hydrangea paniculata were looking very architectural, their large cone-shaped flower heads rising above the other plants on tall stems.
Autumn in the garden can be as dramatic and beautiful as it is in the Summer. Often it's the colour of leaves that demand the most attention, but other plants can take centre stage if you let them.
What are your favourite plants at this time of year?
Images: Lisa Cox