Autumn is in full swing and with it comes a beautiful spectrum of colour. Autumn perennials add their rich hues to the borders, along with the dainty, starry flowers of late clematis varieties. Winter flowering shrubs are stirred into action and many berries are hanging onto branches long after the leaves have coloured and fallen. Hazelnuts and acorns are ripening, bringing foraging squirrels and jays to the garden looking for food. Days are getting colder and shorter but there is still a lot of planting to be done in October before winter sets in.