As the days shorten and the temperature begins to drop, many deciduous plants come into their own, igniting planting schemes with blazes of colour. The soil is still warm from the summer sun and October is the perfect month to plant shrubs in your garden.
Why not plant a shrub to provide your garden with autumn colour and interest?
Beautyberries are interesting deciduous shrubs grown for their wonderful autumn foliage and clusters of small purple berries to last through winter.
Easy to grow, Callicarpa will thrive in most good garden soils, best planted in an open sunny position and will grow to a height of 1.5m.
Vicky’s Top Tip
Their habit can be somewhat chaotic, prune lightly in later winter to shape and control their size.