September 19, 2014
Fabulous Fall Foliage
As sorry as I am to see the summer go by, I can’t help but to love the cooler temperatures of fall replacing the hot days of summer. There is something to be said about the changing of the seasons. Even the biggest summer fans have to admit there is something exciting about seeing the leaves change color into bright yellows, fiery reds, oranges, and more. Many trees and shrubs, with their colorful foliage and berries, are at their best during the autumn months. Fall blooming perennials and flowers are yet another great way to extend the color in your garden beds and flower pots. So, embrace the crisp air and sit back to enjoy autumn’s signature foliage show with some of my favorite trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Best Foliage Color:
>Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Make a big statement with this standout tree. Medium dark-green leaves turn yellow, orange, and then finally red in the fall. This ornamental shade tree is a pretty medium-sized tree, about 50’–60’ tall and 40’–50’ wide. It prefers full sun and can be grown in various soils.
Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
This easy to grow native shrub can be enjoyed for its flowers and foliage for months. Fragrant white flowers bloom in the late spring to early summer, and then, in the autumn, the foliage develops into rich purple-red leaves. Grown in full sun to part shade, this shrub prefers a moist and well-drained soil. It can grow to 3’–4’ tall, depending on varieties.
Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
It’s easy to see why this shrub is named Burning Bush–in the fall the foliage turns from green to a brilliant, fiery shade of red. It prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Coral Bells (Heuchera)
Coral Bells are one of my favorite perennials in the fall. They are a perfect addition to the landscape or even in containers. They are primarily grown for their colorful foliage and unique vein patterns ranging from purples, coppers, oranges, reds and even chartreuse!
In addition to colorful fall foliage, some shrubs produce beautiful berries during this time of year. Viburnum varieties are one of those plants that fit the bill.They have wonderful foliage color but one of their best features is their abundance of berries. Many varieties hold their berries through the winter and can range in color from blue, red, black or yellow. They are sure to attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard. Some other note worthy plants, such as Beautyberry (bright purple berries) or Winterberry Holly (bright red berries), add amazing displays of colorful berries, as well.
As summer flowers begin to wind down, don’t forget about fall blooming perennials to extend the bloom life of your garden.Some of my favorite fall flowering perennials are sedums, ornamental grasses, Montauk daisies, and Japanese anemones…just to name a few. Come see for yourselves what beauty these plants have in store for us as the cool, crisp days of autumn fall upon us.
Becky Jones | Greenhouse Manager