Monday, November 03, 2014

Fall Color Is Not Just About The Trees!

My goal has been to create a four season garden in a three season climate.  Obviously, I am not going to succeed in regard to blooming plants in the winter but if carefully planned there can still be color.

The trees are a given for beautiful fall color but there are many perennials, grasses and shrubs that are stunning in both the fall and winter.

Azalea Karen
This is one of the hardiest azaleas in colder climates and also evergreen through the winter.  However, as you can see, it turns a beautiful red in the fall and deepens into a rust color for the winter never giving up its leaves.

 Ninebark Summer Wine
This shrub has many faces, deep burgundy in the spring with white flowers, lighter burgundy in the summer and then bright red to almost black before it loses its leaves.  In the winter it has a peeling gray bark.
Dwarf Fothergilla Gardenii
This is one of my favorite shrubs, almost looks unreal the colors it turns in the fall, white bottlebrush type flowers in the spring.
Mt. Airy Fothergilla
This is just a taller version of the dwarf and seems to turn color a little later.
Itea Little Henry's Garnet
Itea is a shrub that many times keeps its leaves all winter, white flowers in late spring.
Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls
Tor Spirea

Hydrangea Little Lime
Little Lime keeps its blooms all winter and looks great peeking out behind the evergreens.
Hydrangea Limelight
This is the larger variety and also will retain its flowers all winter.  They do turn to a tan color but still very attractive.
Hydrangea Starlight Let's Dance
Not all hydrangeas have great fall leaf color but this one does!
Amsonia Blue Ice
Many Perennials also light up the fall season with their colors.
Amsonia Hubrechtii Northwind Select
Variegated Solomon's Seal
Sedum Matrona
Heuchera Pinot Gris
These are a few of the many heucheras that stay colorful during the winter looking wonderful when they peek out of the snow.
Heuchera Southern Comfort
Heuchera Berry Smoothie
Miscanthus Udine
Panicum Shenandoah
Panicum Northwind 
Many of the grasses can be left up over the winter, even the above Miscanthus because it is less arching than other varieties.  The Panicums do well, popping right back up when the snow melts.
Green is also a great look for the winter so do not ignore evergreens and groundcovers that hold their color.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Extending The Season

In the cooler climates it is all about enjoying our gardens as long as possible.  It takes a little forethought to make this happen.

Front Border
Grasses and Sedums
Great fillers to keep the garden going
Miscanthus Udine
Blue Paradise Phlox is the first to bloom and keeps on going until the first frost if it is deadheaded.
Franz Schubert, Pink Thai Jade and My Mystery Phlox all responded well to deadheading.  Bubblegum and Lavender David did not respond as well.
Fireworks Type II is reblooming as are many of my other clematis.  I trim them by one half after blooming.  I am going to trim them down further next year and see what happens.
Rainbow Knockout will bloom until November, also the first of my roses to bloom in the spring.
Wonderful surprise in the fall border
Anemone Robustissima
Kickin Asters
A new variety that is more compact than previous introductions
I love this red Pennisetum, however, it is an annual in my zone.
The zinnias are a great fall flower, still going strong up until a frost.
Magellan Coral
Orange Sunpatiens
These were a surprise, much hardier than other impatiens varieties, held up to temperatures below forty degrees.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello Fall!

Fall is coming in slowly this year and supposedly will last longer than normal.  The Limelight Hydrangea in the header is more rose colored than ever before.

A new variety of Aster, "Kickin Asters" in the foreground, daylilies resprouting green leaves after trimming.

The large containers in front have been redone for fall.  However, the ivy and cordyline have been kept from the summer - both will tolerate cool weather.

The fall colors have not taken over yet in the front garden but will soon look like a fall collage.

Deep Red Swiss Chard With Mums, Kale, Petunias And Ivy

Comtesse de Bouchard is reblooming, trimmed back by one-half after blooming in the summer.

Little Lime Hydrangea is behind the stone wall in front where I used to have the Rhodies.  They love the east exposure and will take water much better, also have a longer cycle of bloom and color for four seasons.

Miscanthus Udine with Rudbeckia Subtomentosa

Rudbeckia Henry Eilers and Zinnias vie for attention on the south side.

Panicum Ruby Ribbons is not as full as other Panicums but it does add a deep red color to the fall garden.

Allium Summer Beauty in the background can remain standing for fall if they hold up.  Some of mine hold their seed heads and some don't.  Usually by late fall I have cut them down.

Sedum Matrona And Amsonia Northwind
This is an upright sedum, starts out pink and turns a chocolate color for fall and winter.
Sedum Pure Joy With Plumbago
Sedum Autumn Fire
Ninebark Summer Wine
Four seasons of interest, flowers, leaf color changes and peeling bark for the winter.
Pennisetum Piglet with Amsonia Northwind Select
I spy only one tree in the distance turning color, hope it is not diseased as the one next to it was just cut down last week.