Like it or not, the cooler temperatures of fall have taken their toll on the garden. The season has definetly changed and with it comes the glorious autumn colours. The best colour change I’ve ever seen was on a trip through eastern Canada and the US one fall years ago. Since our natural flora is one more of pines and fir verses oaks and maples our colour is not as dramatic. It is however still beautiful, and each fall garden puts on it’s own show.
There are still some brilliant blooms, fall perennials such as asters and sedums are still looking great and compliment each other very well.
Another plant still blooming is Russian Sage. This is a perennial but acts like a shrub. As well the bees are all over it.
The blooms on the Hydrangea Paniculta have fully ripened into lovely shades of rose and maroon. I’ve already picked a basket full for indoors.
Fall is also the time when berries showcase their beauty. I love the berries on the Bittersweet Vine.
Pyracantha also has gorgeous orange berries this time of year.
The yellow species clematis is lush with satiny seed heads. Looking just as pretty now as it did in full bloom.
Sweet Autumn Clematis is of course in full bloom with scented white flowers in mass. A spectacular fall plant for us.
The Viburnum in the front garden will continue to turn until it’s completely dark burgundy. It then holds its leaves for quite awhile even after hard frosts.
The ornamental grasses are in full bloom and are ripening off into gold and bronze tones.
Our Berberis bushes are always red leaved but they really turn on the colour in fall. They also load up with red berries.
Physocarpus Diabolo along with grasses and a Red Maple really join in to praise fall. Silver Lace Vine is in the back.
Golden Ninebark does a pretty good job too.
Even the ground cover sedums get into the act. The first year I saw this I was pleasantly surprised.
The pond takes on a very different feeling this time of year. The fish are getting ready to head down into the deeper water and wait out winter.