There is a warm and colourful spot in the East Garden thanks to the Rhus typhina, commonly known at Staghorn sumac. This dense shrub is native to North America and can reach 5m in both height and breadth.
Just before this deciduous shrub sheds its leaves, they turn from green to yellow then to a wonderful dark red. After that, beautiful red fruit lasts through winter. It’s like a flame, warming the East Garden during the autumn and winter months.
Words and photographs by Martin