Its that time of year when we think of bonfires, toffee apples and roast chestnuts. Nature is creating it’s own spectacular display and this year is proving to be particularly stunning with a spectacular swan song to the end of the (wet) growing season. From butter yellow through to coppery and rich plumy purple, the City and countryside is being lit up in a beautiful display. Its not just the trees that are major players either. Climbing hydrangea are a lovely yellow at this time of year and the ornamental grape vines are a deep purple. And who could forget the classic fiery red of the Virginia creeper! There are still some perennials still flowering their socks off as well. These include the Asters and Penstemons which are still going great guns in my garden. Us gardeners have to plan a long time in advance so if you want a spectacular display for next year then now is the time to start planning. We are also nearly in the bare root tree season when there is a larger choice of trees available and you get more bang for your buck!