It’s exciting to see the autumn color starting to appear around town. I sure hope it will be a pretty season for us.
If you feel like you don’t have very many plants in your landscape that provide the bonus of fall color, take note of what you are seeing in town. This will give you ideas of what to plant either this fall or in the spring.
Shrubs that provide a lot of color in the fall include American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum trilobum), Koreanspice Viburnum (V. carlesii), hydrangeas (large leaf, panicle or oakleaf types) and burning bushes (Euonymous alatus)… just to name a few.
Some of my favorite perennials for fall color include the fall-blooming Asters, Karl Foerster Feather-reed grass with its golden spikes and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy.’
The trees shown in the above photos were taken at Finch Arboretum a few years ago. They are (from top to bottom): American Yellowwood (Cladrastic kentuckea), ‘Morgan Red’ Maple and ‘Red Sunset’ Maple.
Consider visiting the Arboretum on a bright, sunny day when the fall colors really get going. It will be very therapeutic!