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A Generic photo of hydrangeas. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/JupiterImages Corporation. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column.

Autumn is almost upon us – and as the seasons change, rich foliage and berries become the focus of attention for many gardeners.

While ornamental grasses and the daisy-like blooms of heleniums and rudbeckias continue to provide colour, it’s important to have some shrubs in your border which will provide the link between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and beyond.

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A Generic Photo of Viburnum opulus berries. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column.

Indeed, you don’t have to have a huge garden with masses of trees to enjoy a good autumn show because shrubs can provide the rich foliage contrast, fragrance and berries to create plenty of interest.

Of course, the most important thing is to make sure that you choose shrubs which will be suited to your soil and situation.

Acid lovers such as rhododendrons and camellias won’t thrive in alkaline soil, so stick to the shrubs you know will thrive.

If in doubt, look at neighbouring gardens to see which shrubs are thriving, which will give you some clue as to what will do well in your own garden.

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