Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Color In The Fall Garden

You can have just about every color imaginable in a fall garden.  I was never much for fall gardening and just figured it was over after the July burst of color.

Dwarf Fothergilla
I just planted two of these this fall, had a difficult summer at the nursery but I love all of the colors it has turned in the fall.
 
Clematis Barbara Jackman
This clematis has not bloomed all season, cut it down and voila!
 
Clematis Comtesse De Bouchard
I also cut this one back slightly and I am getting lots of new flowers.  I think next year I will cut back the type III's after blooming and see what happens!
 
I have been cutting back some of my type II's and do get rebloom but it is sparse with lots of new vines for a full plant next spring.
 
Eryngium Big Blue
I just put this in the raised border on the south side about six weeks ago and it has rewarded me with several blooms, and they are BLUE!  For some reason, I did not think it would be this pronounced.  Eryngium Big Blue is a middle of the border plant.  I have it planted in between Chicago Apache Daylily and Heliopsis Loraine Sunshine.
 
Ruby Perfection
I love this color in the border, not my containers.  It is a little fussy and can lose a few leaves until it settles in until the snow files.
 
I think my favorite centers are the bright pinks.
 
Yuck, brown!
Not my favorite color but does provide a nice background for all of the striking hues.
 
Ajuga Black Scallop
 
Weigela Wine and Roses
 
Purple and black are also great colors for a backdrop of all the rich fall colors.
 
Hydrangea Starlight
Looks better than it has all summer!
 
I didn't think I would see white in the fall garden, but here it is, think it is in the mushroom family.
 
Amsonia Blue Ice
This is a low growing spreading plant with blue flowers in the spring and turns yellow in the fall, looks great in front of the Ninebark.
 
Amsonia Northwind Select is just beginning to turn a lovely yellow.  I am still evaluating this Amsonia in comparison to Hubrechtii.  We will see how it fills out next year as they are slow to reach maturity.
 
 
 
Ninebark Summer Wine continues to amaze me with the range of colors throughout three seasons and a fourth season of exfoliating bark.
 
Azalea Karen will turn a little darker than this and remain with full leaves all winter.  It doesn't do much during the summer but remain green, but the spring and fall show is worth planting this specimen.
 
Chanticleer Pear
The leaves have always turned a purple/red at first and then slowly dropped, last tree to drop leaves.  However this year it is turning a bright orange/red and it is early for it to be turning any color.
 
My Magnolia turns a bronze color in the fall, not much summer interest but another plant that performs in spring and fall.
 
Panicum Shenandoah
 
Panicum Northwind
 
Panicum Ruby Ribbons
 
I am just thinking to myself, did I ever have any reason for not having color in my fall garden?
 
Don't overlook those perennials that have been sitting quietly all spring and summer, they can star in the fall, but you have to cut them back to produce new leaves!
 
Pulmonaria
 
Heucherella Stoplight
 
Heucherella Golden Zebra
 
I am on a mission to have color through all four seasons!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

17 comments:

Beth said...

Eileen, There's a lot of color and beauty in your fall garden. Love those reds and they're great in combination with the greens and browns. I will be interested to see how you add color to your winter garden.

sharon said...

eye candy!!! Ruby Perfection...is PERFECTION!

Leslie said...

Hi, I'm a new reader and I just wanted to say your photos are lovely. The fothergilla is gorgeous. I'm going to the nursery today and you've given me a lot of inspiration.

Karen said...

Great photos. You're right about the pear trees. Mine, a Redspire, is turning color early and it is orange/yellow instead of red. Must be stress from the drought.

Lona said...

You have some beautiful foliage going on still in your garden. And I love that your clematis are still blooming. I hope you have been enjoying this Indian summer weather. It looks like it is about to end for us. (sigh) Have a wonderful week.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

I do love the color this year, can't believe I was not more into this in previous years.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Sharon,

I had the Ruby Peerfection in my containers at first, just didn't look right.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

pHi Leslie,

Welcome and do return. I am interested in getting more shrubs that do double duty in the landscape.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

I actually like the color this year of the pear, kind of boring in past years.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,
Hard to believe that the clematis are still blooming.

Eileen

GRACE PETERSON said...

I know this goes against convention but me and my garden buddy Carol both swear by it: It doesn't matter what type your Clematis is, cut it back after blooming and it will rebloom. Whether it's Type I, II or III. The opposite is also true. If you don't cut it back, regardless of the type, it won't bloom again.

Your fall foliage is amazing. I'm not much of a fall gardener either but I love when plants have multi-season interest.

Your garden is always a treat!

Karen said...

Hi Eileen, you have spectacular color there, even after this hot, dry summer. We've had a real rollercoaster of temperatures, haven't we? Amazing transformation and now the trees here are bare. At least I didn't have to rake any leaves, they all blew into the fields.

I was eyeballing my empty urns yesterday and thinking, "Eileen would know just what to put together to make these gorgeous for the winter." Alas, I do not have your talent, but I sure do appreciate your artistry!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

I am tending to believe you in that it really doesn't matter. I find even the type II's need a rejuvenation each year to remain full.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

My biggest concern this year is will I be able to dig out my fall plantings from the containers. I am hoping they will not be frozen.

Eileen

sensiblegardening said...

Every season has it's glory in the garden. I'm a particular fan of fall when the harsh heat of summer is gone. The cooler days are much more calming.

Balisha said...

What a beautiful post about color. Your yard looks fabulous.I would hate to put it to bed for the winter.
Balisha

myfrenchkitchen said...

You have such beautiful color in your fall garden..and that clematite!! Lovely images..
Ronelle