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Garden Photo of the Day

Fall Highlights from a New England Garden

By: Kim Charles

Dahlia

Nancy Mellen, from Hingham, Massachusetts, gives us a glimpse of the seasonal changes in her fall garden.

"The foliage on the sourwood is lovely along with my lavender that is flowering for the second time, plus all the berries in assorted colors on 3 of my crabapple trees. It's truly a lovely time of year, and my maples haven’t even turned yet."

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Chrysanthemum 'Venus'

Fairy rose

Heptacodium miconioides

Fothergilla

Cercis canadensis

Smokebush 

Ilex verticillata

Viburnum trilobum

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  1. user-7007498 10/26/2017

    Great start to the day, Nancy, with beautiful fall foliage. I love the berries on viburnum trilobum as well as viburnum nudum. Both viburnums are excellent landscape plants and are underused. Love your fothergilla. The leaves of Cotinus always look great when backlit.
    Heptacodium is such a cool plant. Love the colorful bracts that develop after the flowers. I have a small one in a container for the past 3 years. I received it as a cutting, but I still haven't figured out where to plant it. I would have to removed something else at this point. I saw a mature one about a month ago, and it was much larger than I thought.

    Thanks for sharing your piece of autumn. I can feel the brisk air from your photos. Fall has been very slow to arrive here. No frost yet. I still have coleus looking good. Hopefully soon.

  2. VikkiVA 10/26/2017

    Beautiful close in pictures of your stunning plants. The photo of the Cercis canadensis with the brilliant blue sky is striking and I love the Smoke Bush.

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    treasuresmom 10/26/2017

    So very, very pretty.

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 10/26/2017

    Good morning, Nancy, your comment about your lavender "flowering for the second time" certainly piqued my interest...I didn't know such a thing was possible...esp. in a non Mediterranean climate. Those smokebush leaves are positively electric...like the "smoke" turned to fire. Thanks for the captivating closeups.

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    DawnMT 10/26/2017

    Ohhhh so pretty! Spring and fall are my favorite times in the garden. I love viburnums for their multi season appeal. My favorite viburnum trilobum is J.N. Select. Which variety is yours? Thank you for sharing your garden.

  6. tennisluv 10/26/2017

    Nancy, thanks for sharing some of your early fall display. The backlit smoke bush absolutely cemented my plan to plant one in a bed near the wnw corner of my home where the afternoon sun will make it glow as much as the 'smoke' makes it soft. Your fothergilla is ahead of mine (I planted five baby 'Blue Shadow' Fothergillas this spring), but we just saw our first temps in the upper 30s this morning so .... Due to the mild weather here in the south, we are just beginning to see color and it doesn't look promising with browns seeming to be the prominent foliage change. The berries on the Viburnum trilobum as so pretty; do the leaves turn an interesting color? The Heptacodium miconioides sent me on an internet search over breakfast.

  7. Sheila_Schultz 10/26/2017

    The warm colors of fall are quite evident in your garden Nancy, from the blooms to the berries to the leaves. I can feel the crispness of the air just looking at your photos... lovely!

  8. Cheryl A 10/26/2017

    Good morning, Nancy! I love the plants you have chosen for your garden. Ilex verticillata and viburnum are such wonderful plants for fall color and for our feathered friends nutrition during the winter - have you ever seen birds feeding on the berries? I fell in love with fothergilla about 8 years ago, and have a dwarf one that has struggled for years. I am hopeful I finally have it sited where it will be happy - it bloomed profusely this spring, so I'm crossing my fingers for fall foliage like yours. Thanks so much for sharing these great pictures!

    1. Luvfall 10/26/2017

      I planted winterberry thinking 'winter interest' but the robins eat the fruit bush by bush and all is gone by Thanksgiving.

      1. Cheryl A 10/26/2017

        Yes, ours will also be gone by then. The viburnum that we have seem to hold their berries longer before they get to the point that the birds are interested, and our beauty berry (calicarpa) still were holding their fruit into January when a mockingbird came through and had them finished up within a week. I'm trying aronia and muskingum dogwood, but they were both new this year and didn't set fruit. It will be interesting to see who 'gets the berries' and when!

  9. Dvngardener 10/26/2017

    Love that Dahlia! I think I have the same one, growing here in New Hampshire. Thanks for sending all of these lovely shots.

  10. user-7008735 10/26/2017

    Beautiful glossy berries and such a luscious dahlia, Nancy! I love watching the birds foraging for food in my garden, too. The Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' holds its purple berries well into late winter when the robins suddenly become interested in them and start gobbling them up. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  11. BTucker9675 10/26/2017

    Wild turkeys would "stomp" through my front border in NJ and eat the viburnum berries and chokeberries... Loved seeing them, but didn't appreciate when they'd flatten plants to get to the berries! Love the textures and changing colors in your garden!

  12. greengenes 10/26/2017

    Good morning Nancy. Your fall colors are great! I especially enjoy seeing the cercis against the blue sky! So fall like! Now the pink dahlia is so beautiful and isnt it wonderful how they just keep blooming and blooming right up to hard frost! They bring such colors in the later weeks of gardening. The viburnums are so wonderful. Interest all through the seasons! Those red berries are such a treat for the birds! Thanks for sharing!

  13. user-6536305 10/26/2017

    Beautiful fall garden especially your Dahlia. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Cenepk10 10/27/2017

    Nice collection !!!!!

  15. user-5979622 11/03/2017

    yes, a great collection. Can you put any jn containers? I realize large containers. I want to put a hedge on the side front of my yard but under is a no dig zone and I do not want to lose my plants to a back hoe.

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