Today was the first day that really began to feel like fall. We have had such a long warm sunny season that it has been easy to forget that we are well into October. This afternoon however the clouds rolled in with a brisk wind that played havoc with the leaves. I took a walk around the garden and had to admit that the gardening season was indeed coming to an end.
I found a few surprises and of course the fall foliage colors are at their best.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’
I think this is one of the best hydrangeas to grow. This shrub can take full sun and blooms in late summer and fall.Grows 6 feet tall by 5 feet wide. Massive 10inch tall blooms open white and turn to shades of pink as they mature. Excellent for dried flowers in arrangements. Zone 4
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’
This is my favorite viburnum bush for the garden. A medium sized 6 feet by 8 feet deciduous shrub with tiered horizontal branches. In late spring it bears large white flower clusters turning to red fruit for fall. This shrub loves full sun and regular water. Deep red-purple toned fall foliage. Zone 5
Berberis thunbergii ‘Cherry Bomb’
A slow growing 3 to 4 tall and wide deciduous shrub for full sun. Compact branches make it a great hedge plant or accent plant. Deep crimson foliage with bright red berries in the fall. Inconspicuous yellow flowers in the spring. Zone 4
Berberis thunbergii ‘Bailone’
Small rounded evergreen shrub with deep burgundy foliage on arching stems. Foliage color is best when planted in full sun. About 2 feet by 2 feet, has small lemon yellow flowers in spring. Zone 4
Iris Germanica ‘Innocence’
A beautiful solid white tall bearded iris. Blooms in early summer and repeat blooms in the fall. Not many iris repeat bloom and even fewer repeat in our zone 5 garden, however Innocence does every year.
Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’
An ornamental grass which forms a sturdy upright, slightly vase-shaped mound of green-blue leaves, the tips turning to blood red tones by summer and into fall. Sprays of small reddish flowers develop into tan seed heads. Grows 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide in full sun. Zone 4
Aster x frikartii
Lavender blue flowers on a compact plant. Blooms late summer through fall, attracts butterflies and is also a good cut flower. About 30 inches tall grown in full sun.
Often called Indian grass. A warm season perennial grass growing to 4 feet by 3 feet. Foliage is green blue turning beautiful shades of fall gem tones. Very drought tolerant once established. Zone 3