Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Japonicum'. Apocyanaceae. This very beautiful climber is unfortunately not the hardiest of plants and requires a sheltered south wall even in southern Britain if it is to thrive. Although evergreen, this robust, large-leaved variety colours well in the autumn, supplanting the white, fragrant flowers. Native to the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, the milky sap of this species is probably poisonous. Knightshayes, Devon.

This photo has relatively little to do with autumn foliage, but represents the post exciting and original autumn planting I have yet to encounter, in the so-called Japanese garden at Kew, UK in October. The pink flowers are lily-like Tricyrtis (unfairly called 'Toad Lilies' and the violet Liriope muscari.

Some Vacciniums (blueberries etc) are evergreen, and even these can colour well in autumn, such as forms of the cowberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea. Some of the deciduous species do not colour effectively, but Vaccinium corymbosum (High Bush Blueberry) from eastern north America is usually superb on an acidic soil, one of the best of all smaller shrubby subjects. Author's garden, Hexham, UK.

Vaccinium corymbosum, backed by Sorbus fruticosa. Author's garden.

Vaccinium oldhamii is a Japanese species which is rarely seen in the west, but also colours well. The berries are an unusual deep purple and like those of most species are edible. Howick Hall, Northumberland.

Vaccinium uliginosum, the Mountain Blueberry is a rare native of English uplands, but becomes common on high species-rich alpine heath in northern Scotland. Berries are delicious and a staple in the Arctic and in Scandinavia. The beautiful autumn colours reflect the cool glaucous tints of the summer foliage. Krk Nose mountains, Czech Republic.

Many deciduous viburnums have good autumn colour, and it is a genus that pleases several times in the year. Viburnum betulifolium from western China is one of the larger species and can approach the size of a small tree. Dunster Somerset.

Viburnum betulifolium Sich 214, collected by Lord Charles Kowick in 1994, Howick Hall.

Like many viburnums, V. betulifolium has the added benefit of red berries, although these have often been taken by the time he foliage colours. Sich 1714, Howick Hall, Northumberland.

Viburnum carlesii from Korea has delightful balls of pinkish scented flowers in spring, but some forms such as 'Caris', seen here, also have good autumn colour. Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Viburnum cinnamonifolium from China is evergreen, but the blue-black berries and red pedicels make a brave autumn show, as they do in the related V. davidii. Knightshayes, Devon.

A Japanese species, Viburnum dilatatum is grown chiefly for the clusters of red berries. Howick Hall.

Viburnum kansuense from northern China is one of the more interesting species to be seen at Howick Hall. It is grown chiefly for its autumn foliage.

Viburnum opulus, the Guelder Rose, is one of the best of our native shrubs for autumn colour and is an excellent choice for naturalising as it is also popular with birds. Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Viburnum opulus, autumn foliage close-up. Howick Hall.

Viburnum plicatum from China and Japan is renowned for its autumn colour. Knightshayes, Devon.

Viburnum plicatum, Thorpe Perrow, Yorks. The best forms for autumn tints were formerly known as V. tomentosum, which is now included within V. plicatum.

Viburnum plicatum v. tomentosum generally has superior autumn colour. Author's garden, Hexham.

Viburnum plicatum 'Nanum Semperflorens' (syn. 'Watanabe') often flowers profusely even when the leaves have coloured. Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Viburnum sargentii is native in north-east Asia. I have not found it the easiest of garden shrubs, being susceptible to attacks from aphids and sawflies, but the spring flower heads are delightful and it is one of the best for purple autumn tints. It is usually grown in the selected form 'Onondaga'. Author's garden, Hexham.