Autumn is possibly the most perfect season of the year. The garden is relaxed and tranquil. The weather is calm with a hint of the cold to come, skies a vivid clear blue and the garden a tapestry of gloriously coloured autumn leaves.

There is a rich abundance of berries, dried seed heads, late salvias and lavender, sedums and elegant grasses and huge drifts of Japanese anenomes. Hydrangea heads turn from pure white to the palest green and pink. Bulbs make an appearance in autumn too – cyclamen, brilliant yellow sternbegias and pale pink colchicums poke their heads up dramatically through the falling leaves.