After a prolific fruiting season the autumn colours step up to the mark.

Make the most of these by visiting one of our four gardens; Edinburgh, Logan, Benmore and Dawyck in the Scottish borders.

Take a therapeutic tramp, scuffing, and scrunching through a carpet of ankle deep dry leaves to throw off the weeks worries.

The foliage of Quercus ellipsoidalis from eastern North America is burnishing red, the nearby Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ is a fiery mound of deep red.

In the demonstration garden Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’ has finely dissected leaves that produce many shades of colour as autumn progresses.

Climbing plants of note include the genus Wisteria, always good for a mass of yellow against a wall or through a tree.

Wisteria floribunda. Photo by Tony Garn

Wisteria floribunda

Rhus typhina 'Laciniata'. Photo by Tony Garn

Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’

Quercus ellipsoidalis. Photo by Tony Garn

Quercus ellipsoidalis