The nights are drawing in, the air is getting cooler and the last remnants of summer sunshine are just about clinging on by the tips of their fingers. This means only one thing – autumn is officially here! Spooky season enthusiast or already dreaming about next year's summer holiday - no matter how you feel about the onset of the autumn season, the change to cooler weather doesn’t mean you can’t still decorate your home and garden with beautiful autumn flowers.

Nothing quite beats fresh look and inviting smell of real flowers. However, with these you are tied to only choosing what’s in season. Plus, there’s no guarantee that your arrangements will last until the end of autumn. That’s why we love high-quality artificial flowers for indoor use. Delicate and lifelike in appearance, these faux beauties look just as good as the real thing and can be used year after year to create a fresh arrangement or bouquet. Better yet, when it comes to faux flowers, you can choose whichever one’s that take your fancy. Sunflowers in winter - sure! Peonies during autumn - why not! Poinsettias on display in July - ...we're not so sure about that one, but don't let us stop you!

The diversity of artificial flowers is what makes them so appealing (and low maintenance). However, if you really want to fool your green-fingered friends, we’d recommend choosing autumn artificial flowers to go with the season. Some species like the rose, the dahlia and delphiniums see varieties flowering in both spring/summer and autumn seasons, whilst others are suited simply to autumn. Whether you're seeking some guidance on autumn wedding flowers for a bouquet or just wish to learn more about flowers that bloom in autumn, take a look at our top 6 autumn flowers below...

1. Chrysanthemums

The Birth Flower of November

The delicate chrysanthemum – or Kiku in Japanese – is a flower readily associated with the autumn season. In fact, it is the birth flower of November and so makes a very suitable choice for the first in our autumn flowers list. The chrysanthemum is characterised by its elegant spray of petals and variation of colour, size and variety. Flowering naturally from September to October, now is the perfect time to decorate your home with artificial chrysanthemums. The real flower comes in annual (flowering a single time before dying in the same year) and perennial (flowering for the same season year after year) varieties. Jane, our in-house floral expert, suggests checking what types of chrysanthemum are in season. Some varieties are available all year round, whilst others solely bloom for autumn and winter.

A Royal Symbol of Japan

Chrysanthemums have been a longstanding symbol of Japanese heritage. When first introduced into the country in the 8th century, the Japanese Royal Family were so fascinated by the flower that they made it the official seal of the Imperial Family Emblem. It has been used readily throughout Japanese culture since and is still a great symbol of day to day life. Red chrysanthemums are given to a loving partner to symbolise affection, whilst white varieties are placed on graves at funerals as a mark of respect. Like the cherry blossom is considered the flower of spring in Japan, the chrysanthemum is considered the flower of autumn.

2. Japanese Anemones

A Whisper of Summer

Not to be mistaken for the anemone you might find on the rock pools of the seabed, the anemone flower is characterised by its collar style petals and lacy foliage beneath the flower head. Unlike some other anemone varieties which favour spring and summer, the Japanese anemone is more suited to the early autumn period. The petals of the Japanese variety are often a little less prominent than other anemones (which resemble a poppy-like appearance).

The Windflower

With it's tall, wispy buds, the Japanese anemone is known for making an appearance in pale pink and white hues towards the very end of late summer. Most commonly, it will be planted along the borders of gardens, creating a burst of fresh colour to contrast the cooler tones of the autumnal season. Known as the windflower, the anemone takes it’s name from the Greek anemos meaning 'wind' and mone meaning 'habitation', which gives us a little indication into where this flower naturally grows. Style an artificial Japanese anemone spray inside a simple white vase this October to create an autumnal centrepiece to evoke memories of the summer.

3. Hydrangeas

A Vintage Bloom

Often referred to as a vintage or old fashioned flower you might find amongst your grandparent’s flower bed, the hydrangea is a timeless garden classic. And although hydrangeas find themselves in a range of colours (even two-tone!), the more antique-looking varieties in autumnal shades are particularly suitable for this time of year. This versatile bloom is seen flowering from early spring to the late autumn. Create your own display of autumn flowers using a array of different coloured artificial hydrangea stems or choose a pre-made artificial arrangement in a globe vase like the one pictured above.

Dried Hydrangeas

More recently, hydrangeas have seen increasingly popularity when used as dried flowers. Artificial hydrangeas can be used to similar effect. The globe-like shape pictured above is known as a mophead, consisting of a number of small flower clusters. This hydrangea is the most commonly recognised form but there are others too: the panicle – characterised by its long, cone-shaped flower cluster – and the lacecap – holding a flatter cluster of what appear to be tiny flowers surrounded by an array of slightly larger blooms.

4. Maple Foliage

A Must Have For The Autumn Season

Whether it’s an addition to an autumn flower arrangement or the sole piece of your floral home decor, maple foliage is a great go-to for the autumn season. These relaxed leaves add texture and movement to floristry designs, whilst the red hues, orangey-brown tones and crisp yellows replicate the natural cycle of the seasons. Style stems in vases around the home with similarly toned bud sprays for an autumn bouquet or centrepiece. Decorate windowsills, beams and doors with artificial garlands and wreaths in autumn and maple colours that can be used throughout the autumn and winter seasons year after year.

5. Agapanthus

The Lily of the Nile

Native to South Africa, the agapanthus is one of our most showy autumn flowers, characterised by its tall stem and spray of trumpet shaped petal forms. This beautiful perennial (flowering in the same season year after year) blooms from late spring into the beginning of autumn. So, if you’re thinking about using agapanthus to decorate your home, October is the month to do it. Known commonly as the 'Lily of the Nile' due to the elegant lily-like shape of its flowers, this autumn stem comes in shades of blue, white or violet blue. Artificial agapanthus look beautiful styled together with matching stems in autumn floral arrangements, but can be styled in a clear glass vase with artificial eucalyptus to recreate the refreshing look above.

6. Rosehips

An Autumnal Berry-Like Spray

Rosehips certainly have an autumnal if not festive feel. These spectacular sprays are formed once the rose has bloomed and it’s petals have fallen. What’s left then begins to ripen and becomes a seed-like form characterised by a red and pulpy appearance. Sound delicious? That’s because rosehips are actually edible! They are very nutritious and are used treat illnesses such as flu and arthritis pain.

Rosehip Wreaths & Garlands

We love the way Jennifer from Three Dogs in a Garden has used natural rosehip sprays to create an autumnal wreath. In the run up to Christmas, she also suggests that rosehip stems ‘look quite festive’ in ‘little vintage bottles’. Real rosehips are ideal but artificial rosehips work just as well in colours of red and green, creating an autumnal decoration with a festive twist to enjoy for years to come.