Indian Summer in the garden for September

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in News

Normal life begins again from most people in September and they spend more time at home. That’s a good incentive to brighten up the garden a bit. Most of the plants will be past their peak, but trumpet vine, spindle tree, Japanese andromeda, beautyberry and smoke tree can all bring new life to both the garden and the patio. With their eye-catching shapes and fabulous colours they represent an excellent investment in the Indian summer mood, and allow people to enjoy the pleasures of late summer.

Indian summer

Trumpet vine originates from the United States, but now also grows widely in countries around the Mediterranean.
Spindle tree occurs widely in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Madagascar.
Japanese andromeda grows in valleys and on low mountain ranges in Japan and in the Himalayas. Beautyberry originates from central and western China.
And smoke tree is native to a region that runs from south-east France through Turkey and Ukraine to the Himalayas and China.

Indian Summer plants range
Trumpet vine is a climber that flowers profusely in late summer with orange, red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. There are fast-growing large varieties, but a number of more compact cultivars have recently also been launched under the name ‘Summer Jazz’ which are suitable for small gardens or for placing in containers.

Trumpet vine

Spindle tree is a well-known evergreen shrub with leaves that can be variegated with white, gold or yellow. Cultivars such as 'Emerald Gaiety' and ‘Emerald 'n' Gold’ look lovely in conjunction with other Indian Summer plants. The eye-catching cultivars 'Heespierrolino', 'Blondy' and 'Harlequin' are almost white in colour.

Spindle tree

Japanese andromeda features many cultivars which offer distinctive bud and foliage colour in September. The most common are 'Debutante', 'Cupido' and 'Forest Flame'. Notable new cultivars are 'Bolero', 'Carnaval' and 'Katsura'.

Japanese andromeda

Beautyberry produces clusters of purple berries in the autumn. C. bodinieri 'Profusion' is the most common cultivar.


Smoke tree derives its decorative value from the plumes of flowers and fruit that appear to form a cloud over the plant. There are various cultivars, of which the best known is Cotinus coggygria.

Smoke tree

What to look for when buying Indian Summer plants

  • The pot size, height, number of stems or plants per pot and the plant diameter determine the price, the stage of flowering and the consumer appeal.
  • The wide range of species and cultivars amongst the Indian Summer plants means the presence of a clear label is important so that customers know what sort of foliage, flower or berry the plant offers.
  • The plants must be free of diseases and pests such as aphids.
  • Make sure that the pot soil is sufficiently damp, including on the shop floor.

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