Exceptional Fall Interest!

by andy

Fall is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower! (the flowers, berries, stems, and bark are nice too!)

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a full season of interest into your garden beds, utilizing different textures, colors, and bloom times throughout the year. Now is the time to strengthen your landscape’s fall and winter display… cooler temperatures and higher rainfall make it the perfect time to plant. Plants installed in the fall usually outperform those planted in the spring!

In addition to mums, kales, cabbages, and pansies, there are many hardy varieties with exceptional fall interest. Below is a small selection of the many beautiful plants available at the Nursery to brighten up your fall and winter:

Perennials

Montauk Daisies: White flowers with yellow centers display a classic daisy look, starting in late summer and lasting well into fall. Its dark green foliage is shiny to the eye and leathery to the touch. Both its flowers and leaves can withstand frost!

Stonecrop: While noted for its succulent, cabbage-like rosettes of foliage, stonecrop’s real interest is in its flowers. In summer, bright green buds appear above the foliage and then gradually open to reveal masses of tiny, rose colored flowers in fall!

Shrubs

Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’: Produces an abundance of fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers starting in summer and lasting until fall. Its variegated foliage turns to a combination of green, yellow, orange, and red in fall, displayed on brilliant red stems!

Winterberry: A crop of showy, bright red berries emerges in late summer and persists through fall and often into spring, providing a burst of color in the winter landscape. This native, vase-shaped shrub is noted for its disease and insect resistance!

Trees

Maple ‘October Glory’: Red, red, red! Dense clusters of red flowers, red winged seeds, red stems, red twigs, red buds, and, in fall, brilliant orange-red foliage. This fast-growing tree retains its beautiful leaves longer than other varieties, well into fall!

Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’: White flowers bloom in spring and are followed by edible fruits that resemble blueberries in taste. Leaves emerge bronzy, mature to dark green, and finally turn a brilliant orange-red in fall. Oh, and it’s native too!

A few helpful links:

Fall is for Planting
Tree and Shrub Planting Instructions
Fall Foliage Explained
Lawn Renovation: The Thayer Difference

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