The Fall Walk Around

Fall Garden at Sensible Gardening and Living

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.

Fall Asters and Sedums / Sensible Gardening and Living
Fall Garden / Sensible Gardening and Living

Another plant still blooming is Russian Sage. This is a perennial but acts like a shrub. As well the bees are all over it.

Russian Sage / Sensible Gardening and Living

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.

Hydrangea Paniculata / Sensible Gardening and Living

Fall is also the time when berries showcase their beauty. I love the berries on the Bittersweet Vine.

Bittersweet Vine / Sensible Gardening and Living

Pyracantha also has gorgeous orange berries this time of year.

Pyracantha / Sensible Gardening and Living

The yellow species clematis is lush with satiny seed heads. Looking just as pretty now as it did in full bloom.

Species Clematis / Sensible Gardening and Living

Sweet Autumn Clematis is of course in full bloom with scented white flowers in mass. A spectacular fall plant for us.

Sweet Autumn Clematis / Sensible Gardening and Living

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.

Viburnum m. / Sensible Gardening and Living

The ornamental grasses are in full bloom and are ripening off into gold and bronze tones.

Miscanthus / Sensible Gardening and Living
Indian grass / Sensible Gardening and Living

Our Berberis bushes are always red leaved but they really turn on the colour in fall. They also load up with red berries.
Berberis / Sensible Gardening and Living

Physocarpus Diabolo along with grasses and a Red Maple really join in to praise fall. Silver Lace Vine is in the back.

Fall Garden / Sensible Gardening and Living

Golden Ninebark does a pretty good job too.

Golden Ninebark / Sensible Gardening and Living

Even the ground cover sedums get into the act. The first year I saw this I was pleasantly surprised.

Sedums / Sensible Gardening and Living

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.

Fall Garden / Sensible Gardening and Living

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13 thoughts on “The Fall Walk Around

  1. Thanks Carole, glad you could join us:) I agree about the clematis, almost prettier in seed stage.

  2. Oh how lovely this is and I enjoyed the tour. My sage stopped blooming earlier than usual and I think the May Night is Russian. I still have some cosmos and asters and as fast as things go to seed, the american goldfinch are here eating the seeds. Thank you for linking in to Nature Notes Lynne.. Michelle

  3. Thanks Leora. We are very dry here too, I always make sure to give them a good watering befor our frost sets in.

  4. What a lovely selection of fall blooms. You show so many. I have to take care that my perennials stay alive – we haven’t had much rain lately.

  5. Your gardens are colorful and beautiful! Love the pond area. Love the hydrangea and asters too. The shrubs add a great touch of color.

  6. Carol, I’ve heard that Bittersweet can be invasive furthur south but here in my zone 5 garden it is well behaved. I’ve never had it re-seed although it does reach out underground a tiny bit here, and I can see how it could be a problem in a different gardening area. Mine is also growing on very poor sandy soil and gets little additional water in a dry climate:) Poor thing is probably half starved!

  7. Cathy thanks so much for pointing out my careless typo error. I’ve made the correction. Also thanks for your kind words.

  8. Lovely, inspirational pictures. Maybe my garden will look like yours some day (if I was closer, would come and help with the fence!). I think the verbascum is a viburnum, by the way – but what’s a name between gardening friends?

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