Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall Color In The Garden

Fall color is peaking in my garden now, even if all of the trees are pretty much bare already.  Here are some of my favorites.

Abelia mosanenssis is developing nice yellow fall color.  Not the gorgeous orange tones every nursery is claiming, but still very nice.  I LOVE THIS SHRUB!

Acer palmatum 'Aureum' developing beautiful yellow-orange tones.  This has been a fantastic Japanese maple here in WI, regardless of the lack of care it's gotten.  Hard to find, and underused as most people seem to not care for maples with green leaves.  Hardiness, fall color, and green stems make this maple one that should be much more widely used.

 Amelanchier 'Autumn Brilliance', Cornus sericea gold leaf, and Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' all looking fantastic.  The cornus looks like it will be coloring up late this year, which is not a bad thing.

Aronia melanocarpa not quite peaking yet.  This is one of my favorite shrubs for year long interest.  White flowers in spring, dark green glossy foliage in summer, red fall color, and black berries in winter.  What more can you ask for?  This one is a large variety, they were 9' tall before I cut them to the ground last year.  They're reaching up to 3' only a year later.  'Iroquois Beauty' is a great compact variety to about 4' x 4'.

 I love witch hazels, and Hamemelis xintermedia 'Jelena' is looking absolutely fantastic, even though she's dropped most of her leaves.  Lots of buds promise a late winter show, disappointingly this is one of the few non-fragrant witch hazels, but I won't argue with orange flowers in March.

Not the best fall color of the bunch, but my still-potted Orixa japonica is showing a brownish-yellow color that looks quite nice as the leaves are still glossy.

Gaillardia 'Frenzy' still blooming its fool head off.

 One of my favorite peonies, P. ITOH Going Bananas looks GREAT spring through fall.

Another great peony, 'Little Medicine Man' showing some nice orange undertones masked by burgundy.


  1. Beautiful post...I've become a huge fan of the Witch Hazels over the past few years...seeing them in fall is so amazing...and the spring flowers are great too. I always forget how lovely some of the Peony foliage can be at this time of year!

  2. Look at those Gallardia, what an excellent late season flower. Black chokeberry is also an all-time favorite. Hope ya found some work, thanks for the post!

  3. Gaillardia really is a fantastic plant. Although deadheading keeps it looking its best, I don't really do it. I shear them back in mid-late july after the first big flush of booms and it performs beautifully the rest of the season.

    Black chokeberries were late and a little dull this year. As were my Viburnums.


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