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Embracing Fall With Maxine

Last blooms of the year

black-eyed Susan next to pink sedum and ajuga foliage

Today’s photos come from Maxine’s garden in Rotterdam, New York.

It’s so sad to watch the garden go dormant. Yet I love the fall colors.

pink flowers in front of lots of greeneryThere was still a lot of green in the garden when Maxine took these photos, but one of the standbys of the fall garden, the Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 3–9) is in full bloom, much to the delight of gardeners and pollinators alike.

black-eyed Susan next to pink sedum and ajuga foliageHere the sedum is flanked by two other garden stalwarts: black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) in the back and ajuga (Ajuga reptans, Zones 3–10) in the front.

garden bed with pink flowers and garden artThe garden is beginning to take on rosey, golden hues as the season slips into fall.

garden bed with pink and yellow flowersA clump of variegated sedge (Carex oshimensis, Zones 5–9) takes center stage, its colorful foliage looking good all season.

This fall-blooming clematis is either the native Clematis virginiana (Zones 3–8) or the similar-looking Asian Clematis ternatifolia (Zones 5–9). Clematis ternatifolia can be invasive in some parts of the United States, so Clematis virginiana is a better choice for most gardens in this country.

tall white flowers on thin stemsA white fall-blooming anemone (Anemone hupehensis, Zones 4–8) brings fresh flowers to the colors of fall. These anemones can spread rapidly when happy, so they are best suited to larger gardens.

close up on white daisy flowersThe cheery white blooms of the Montauk daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum, Zones 5–9) come in the fall, over the shrubby, almost succulent foliage.


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    simplesue 10/25/2022

    I can see in some of your photos how you have arranged a beautiful cast iron table and chairs near your water feature and autumn blooming clematis...such a nice place to have a cup of coffee or tea.
    You have an amazing amount of autumn blooming flowers this time of year- very nice to plan for blooms for all season like this.
    Very pretty garden!

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    cynthia2020 10/25/2022

    Maxine - I enjoyed looking at your photos, especially the photo of the day and the fall blooming anemone.

  3. cheryl_c 10/26/2022

    What soft lighting fall brings - one of my favorite aspects of the season. Am I spotting some Joe Pye weed in the photo that highlights the tall sedum? You must have some VERY HAPPY pollinators! Beautiful gardens. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. btucker9675 10/26/2022

    Love Autumn Joy! And Montauk daisies always look so cheerful and bright in the fall garden.

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