Saturday, October 08, 2011

Fall Around The Neighborhood

I woke up this morning and all of a sudden realized fall was upon us!  Looking up I saw the trees turning color. I had not noticed how vivid they were until today, reds, golds, yellows and even browns and purples.

This wonderful tree is across the street from me.

This one is next door.

We try so hard in the colder areas to have at least three seasons of bloom and this is certainly achievable with some planning and four seasons are possible by adding structures and enjoying the plantings that can be left up over the winter.

Hydrangea Limelight
The flower heads will continue to dry and do hold up throughout the winter.

Looking South in the Fall Border
Yellow line in the middle is the umpteenth time the gas company has marked off for new repiping!  It doesn't seem to matter that we are a newer home with new piping!

The Miscanthus Udine plumes are coming into full bloom against the fall sky.

Panicum Northwind is developing seed heads and turning color.
This is a grass that will also stand straight during the winter.

Penstemon Hamlin
Looks great all winter

The border looking north shows daylilies that have been cut down and rejuvenated, Southern Comfort Heuchera, Greenstem Forsythia and Dark Horse Weigela.

Bronze Mums and aster in the front garden,  Crotons will not last in the fall garden.  I see many of them in nursery fall planters.  They do not do well below fifty degrees and I hate to tell you what happens below that!

I have to admit that Mums give that punch of color to the fall garden.

The Rudbeckias look great with the fall colors.

The cabbages have their own beauty as they open up.

I stopped and took this photo as I was driving through the neighborhood, very effective use of mums and cabbages together.

This is Aster Purple Dome and has never looked good for me, bare on the bottom, eaten by the rabbits and just tattered looking all season.

I am growing a last crop of lettuce in containers on my patio.  Anything edible planted in the veggie garden was eaten by the rabbits as soon as they sprouted.

Eva Cullum Phlox is a later and longer blooming variety.

Franz Schubert is an early blooming phlox but is still going.

There is nothing like the roses in the fall garden.  This is Pink Promise an All America Winner a few years ago.  However, it is very tall, over five feet.

Roses single and double Knockout, they add color like no other fall flower!

Rainbow Knockout

Pink Knockout

David Austin's Mary Rose

Home Run Rose Pink


Bernie said...

Seeing Autumn colours is on my bucket list ... one day! In the meantime I can visit blogs like yours and get my fill. Absolutely lovely colours in your neighbourhood and your Fall garden. It was a treat to pop by as I'm in the dry season depression right now. Everything here looks pretty brown, but it's not because Autumn has arrived.

Jim Groble said...


humble gardener said...

Such wonderful, colorful photos. I've also got Pink Promise roses and what looks like the same purple Aster. My Aster also seems a little sickly. The Pink Promises are gorgeous here as well, and also almost 5 feet tall. Your inspire to do more fall planting next year.

Grace said...

It's always such a treat to see your garden, Eileen. Your grasses are looking wonderful and I love 'Limelight' hydrangea. The blue sky is a fabulous backdrop for the fall colors. Your roses are outstanding.

Darla said...

Here in North FL our fall colors in the garden are few. Those trees are gorgeous. Your gardens are so beautiful and the grasses are great! What a stunning display of Mums and Cabbages you captured.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

You would love our autumn but you would not enjoy our winters with the cold, ice and snow.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Humble Gardener,

I am not sure where to put Pink Promise. It is too big for where I have it. It has really come into its own this.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

I have left up more of the flower heads than usual on the Limelight. They dried so well last year I just couldn't bear to cut to many of them.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Darla,

I do like the fall colors but I sure don't enjoy what comes after. We are supposed to have a brutal winter this year.


Zoey said...

So beautiful, Eileen. Those bronze Mums are the perfect fall color.

Isn't it nice to be able to use your neighbor's trees as a backdrop in your own garden photos? I have one neighbor who has nice spring blooming trees and that look great as a backdrop in some of my photos.

Your Limelight looks so nice. I cut four heads and brought them inside two weeks ago. They are now dried and look good. I would like to bring in more, but don't want to cut the rest down.

Lona said...

How beautiful the fall colors are getting now. The trees and grasses are turning so fast now.It was a glorious weekend in your garden and neighborhood too I see. Love all of the mums and grasses.

Beth said...

Eileen, Love the cabbages, the mums, asters and roses! The trees are glorious as well.
Hugs, Beth

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

I love the bronze mums and they obviously are an earlier variety because my yellow ones are just beginning to bloom.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

We are so lucky to have all of those great grasses for the fall. Most of mine can stay up all winter.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

I am loving those cabbages this year, so easy to grow if the slugs would only leave them alone.


Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Elaine, It is colorful here as well. All the leaves have turned. On the weekend, the weather was simply perfect, sunny and unseasonably warm. I have always bought burgundy mums, but seeing yours I am liking the nice bronze color. Your neighbours garden looks wonderful with the mums massed. My roses are soldiering on as well. The Mary rose at the front just finished a new round of flowers. It is still my all time favourite and I know you are very fond of yours as well.

Cottage Garden said...

Oh those rich yellows, orange and russets really sum up the season. Fabulous images Eileen.