Now that autumn has set in, it’s time to prepare your garden for the colder months ahead. That’s not to say, however, that you can’t still enjoy your outdoor space when the leaves begin to fall – Alan Titchmarsh has some top tips for creating colour in your garden this autumn.

Writing in the Express, the famous British gardener suggests planting short New England asters halfway back in a tired border to inject some new life. A taller option is the Alma Potschke, he says, which produces raspberry pink blooms and grows to about 4ft tall.

Sedums are also a good option for autumn, attracting bees and butterflies with their white or pale pink heads. The sedum spectabile is an old favourite, while newer varieties like the matrona can grow to about 2ft tall and around 3ft wide.

Ideal for a landscaping Flintshire gardens that are looking a little empty at this time of year is cyclamen hederifolium. The gardener writes that this hardy plant produces pretty pink flowers in autumn and will bloom year after year in a shady border.

Another option is crocosmias, otherwise known as montbretia, available in a range of bright colours including deep oranges and reds. These plants typically flower from August to October and a favourite variety of Alan Titchmarsh’s is called George Davidson, which produces bright yellow blooms.

Last month the gardener advised people with small outdoor spaces or patios not to overlook growing fruit because of a lack of soil – fruit can be grown in pots with regular feeding and watering, he said. Gooseberries and red and white currants can be grown in containers, while cordon apples can also do well in pots, along with patio peaches and nectarines.

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