The Northeast has had an unusually warm fall, so autumn colors never really came on strong. Then, suddenly, frost. The Fine Gardening editors, being always on the job, snapped some pictures on that first frosty morning to show us that frost can be fun in the garden. And it was a good thing they shot these photos because the next night: freeze. Hard freeze. Enjoy!


A random rose by the roadside now has a white edge to its bloom.

Achillea ‘Moonshine’

‘Moonshine’ yarrow (Achillea ‘Moonshine’), which had ceased to be interesting suddenly became noteworthy again.

Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) always looks great this time of year.

Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) – frequently raved about on our podcast – never had a chance to show off its golden fall color.

Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), like the bluestar, never got to turn. The foliage turns a gorgeous mahogany brown. Usually.

Paeonia spp. and cvs.

Many gardeners would pay a lot of money for a peony (Paeonia spp. and cvs.) with white-edged leaves. So, for a few hours one morning, someone had a true gem in their garden.

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