With the autumn equinox taking place at the weekend (23 September), we’re fully embracing the joys of a new season. The fruits of harvest are rolling, and flora and fauna take on mind-boggling colours – russet, ochre and crimson – and we welcome the return of gorgeous varieties. Whether you’re planning a spectacular fall-inspired wedding or seeking new ideas for home displays, here’s a rundown of the stunning stems in abundance this season.
Dahlias continue to captivate us into the new season, from the blousy Café Au Lait to the defined Pom Pom, whilst bright beauties zinnias arrive in equally jewel-like shades. Carthamus add seasonal pops of tangerine fluffiness and bold hydrangeas reign supreme in the statement stakes. Thanks to Halloween and the nights drawing in, October makes way for suitably beguiling vines such as pumpkin-like chinese lanterns (physalis), dramatic sanguisorba and other-worldly scabiosa heads. By November, floral favourites are starting to reappear: paper-like anemones make a welcome return as do on-trend ranunculus with their petticoat-layered petals.
Berries and fruit are bountiful, adding another dimension to our arrangements. The depth of colours and shape of the vines bring the outside-in, creating dramatic moments and still-life inspired settings. Rose hips, crab apples and cotoneaster add hues of both deep and bright shades.
When it comes to the seasonal palette, ripe reds, burnt oranges and deep mellow yellows come to mind. Consider some atmospheric alternatives that mirror the evocative sense of autumn: chocolate cosmos are as delicate as they are bewitching, offering a sophisticated contrast to in-your-face hues. The blue-toned berries of callicarpa nod towards the icy season ahead while guelder ensure you’re immersed in autumn with its two-tone plum coloured leaves transporting you to a perfect blustery woodland stroll.