Touches of red for the autumn garden

Rose hips can provide the cherry on the cake, although they vary from red, to soft-orange to cocoa brown. The large species rose Rosa glauca needs space, but by August it has produced round hips that age to orange-red, glowing against sooty grey foliage. Seed-eating birds adore this rose and seedlings will appear and be gratefully received by friends. Other notable rose-hip producers include the pink and white flowered rambler ‘Francis E. Lester and Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’, although all single-flowered roses will tend to set hips. Add some of these and you can make your garden shine throught the year, providing daily enjoyment.