Here’s the first of our acers to turn colour, A. palmatum var. dissectum ‘Chantilly Lace’. Before long, all of its leaves will be the same bright colour, but I think it is at its most appealing when the colours are mixed as they are now, and the leaves are very close to dropping off so they may never get to be a uniform colour. Also present are the overhanging leaves of Hamamelis mollis, yet to change colour, Heuchera ‘Caramel’, Hosta ‘Frances Williams’ beginning to turn, and the sympathetic leaf colour of Hydrangea paniculata in the background. There is a residual flower of Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ to the Acer’s right, allegedly providing a colour clash, but its flowering is supposed to be over before the Acer gets going.