Plants of the Month – October
Sorbus in variety
(Variety pictured – Joseph Rock)
Common Name – Mountain Ash or Whitebeam
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Small to medium trees, which are generally easy to grow in almost any soil type. Delicate foliage, producing beautiful autumn colours and white, pink, yellow or red berries, dependent on variety.
Other plants of interest for October
(Variety Pictured – Red Column)
Thorny, upright evergreen shrub. Flowers from late spring to early summer, followed by delicate red, yellow or orange berries in autumn. Grows well in most soil types, in sun or part shade. Ideal as a wall shrub or hedging plant.
Common Name – Boston Ivy
This self-clinging climber gives a spectacular display of autumn foliage. It grows up to approximately 3.6m (13ft) and grows well in most soil types, positioned in sun or part shade.
Skimmia japonica Rubella
A compact male shrub with red margined, deep green leaves and dark red flowers. Buds are produced in autumn and last all through the winter until flowers open in spring. Best in part to full shade.