Today Lila Johnson is sharing some autumn beauty from her garden.
We’ve had a spectacular show of colors in the Pacific Northwest this year. Although we’ve had a fair amount of showery days, the leaves are still beautiful.
Enjoy scenes around my garden in Mill Creek, which is about 20 miles north of Seattle.
We’ve had one light frost, but the hardy fuchsias, of which we have many, are still attracting our two resident Anna’s hummingbirds. We also have a hummingbird feeder that provides daily entertainment right outside our kitchen window. One of our ‘Gardenmeister’ fuchsias, which is not hardy here, is still blooming in a pot, and the hummers hit it regularly too. Ahhh, nature—so much to marvel about.
The garden, seen through the delicate lace of a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) leaf turning fall colors. I love the bright yellow fall color of the hostas in pots as well.
Fuchsia is often thought of as a genus of annuals, but there are some species that are hardy to Zone 7. Most of them also hate hot summer weather, so they are perfect choices for the Pacific Northwest.
The changing leaves echo the bright colors of the flowers still blooming in the garden.
Now THAT is some intense fall color on a Japanese maple. Almost any variety of Japanese maple will put on an incredible fall show, but you’ll get the most intense reds when the weather gives you warm, sunny days followed by cool, frosty nights.
Brilliant red leaves look all the brighter for a dark green backdrop.
Fuchsia ‘Gardenmeister’ blooming its little head off, keeping the hummingbirds well fed.
A wide view of Fuchsia ‘Gardenmeister’ blooming in its pot, backed by a fiery Japanese maple.
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