As October’s cool temperatures settle in, we find the garden slowly winding down for the season. Most plants have finished blooming, and many begin to die back with the onset of winter. But there is color to be found in the fall landscape, and oh so much more than the chrysanthemums that are found on every doorstep. Brilliant foliage, colorful berries, and even a few perennial flowers take center stage deep into the autumn season. And so, as the skies turn gray, and you feel a hint of snow this October, I hope you find enjoyment in these pictures of our autumn garden.
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Fall is the time for the Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) And ‘Gold Lace’ is putting on a show as we speak. Towering in the garden to a height of 6-8′ its bright yellow blossoms thrive in the moist soil of our meadow.
Bolton’s Aster (Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’) is still managing to paint the garden with its white asterlike blossoms.
Even the shaded areas of the garden offer up a display late in the season, as eveidenced by the Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnomomea). It lacy dark green foliage explodes in the fall, lighting up the dark corners with its golden brown hues. Visible from across the yard, it provides a welcome greeting home.
A plant I’m sure many of you have seen along the woodland and wetland edges, the Winterberry holly begins to make itself known to the caasual viewer. Its bright red berries will hang on the branches well after the foliage drops. That is, until our bird friends clean each branch, leaving only the stem until next spring’s leafout.
Blue Shadow Fothergilla (Fothergilla ‘Blue Shadow’) is a wonderful small shrub in the mixed border. It’ early creamy bottle brush flowers, give way to soft powder blue foliage, that eventually erupts as though it were a Sugar Maple. Reds, yellows and oranges consume the plant in autumn before finally dropping to the ground leaving an attractive branching habit to enjoy all winter. Truely a four season gem!
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), a native vine, grows wildly in the woods surrounding our yard. This time of year it also turns a deep red, and is visible from many parts of the garden. Look for this beautiful vine climbing a white birch, and you will see Mother Nature at her creative best.
What would fall in New england be without maples. This Red Maple (Acer rubrum) never fails to impress, and is commented by nearly all who visit.
May you all find enjoyment in your Autumn Landscapes!