Today Nancy Mellen is sharing some photos of fall foliage, berries, and other end-of-the-season beauties from her garden in Hingham, Massachusetts. She grows primarily native perennials and shrubs for the birds, insects, and critters to enjoy in the garden around her antique home.
Hepticodium miconioides (seven sons flower, Zones 5–9). The white flowers have fallen off, but the pink bracts still persist into November.
Here’s a late-blooming hardy chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum hybrid, hardiness varies by cultivar) providing a little food for some hungry pollinators.
Maroon leaves on Viburnum plicata f. tomentosum ‘Shasta’ (Zones 5–8) join with the last few yellow leaves of Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (Zones 5–9).
Calycanthus floridus (sweetshrub, Zones 4–9) is known for the fragrance of its flowers, but it has a pretty fantastic fall color as well.
This Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly, Zones 3–9) has a few berries left. How long winterberry fruits last on the plant usually depends on the local birds and how quickly they gobble them up.
Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’ (highbush cranberry, Zones 2–7) produces beautiful white flowers in the spring, followed by showy red berries. The berries have all been eaten by the birds, but the fall color of the foliage looks great.
Acer griseum (paperbark maple, Zones 4–8) gets its name from its beautiful bark, but the lovely fall color may be even more dramatic.
Although this Fothergilla major ‘Mt. Airy’ (‘Mt. Airy’ large fothergilla, Zones 4–8) is beyond peak color, it’s still pretty. It will also have pretty white flowers in the spring.
The bright purple berries of Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ (‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry, Zones 5–8) make a striking combination with the yellow fall foliage. The berries will persist long after the leaves have fallen, provided the birds don’t get too hungry.
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Here in southern Indiana we had truly beautiful fall color this year despite the hot dry summer we experienced. For me the one that I most enjoyed is the fothergilla. I planted mine about two years ago so it is still relatively small. But it was big enough this year to be noticeable and the colors are just marvelous. I love the dark rose with pinky- orange shades merging in on the leaves. It's particularly nice in late afternoon with the sun shining through the leaves. I kept going out looking at it and telling it how beautiful it was. I think those shrubs appreciate our compliments.
You have a great selection of various colors and berries to work with.
Beautiful colors! We have also enjoyed a colorful fall this year in central Michigan.
I just love that you grow plants to feed the wildlife! Such a kind thing to do!
Your Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’ has such a gorgeous autumn color, and berries already enjoyed by the wildlife!
My kind of garden!
Love fall colors.
Your post shows great suggestions for bird/pollinator friendly bushes- I'm taking notes since this is what I am trying to do, slowly adapting my gardening plan of the past 50+ years, (also in eastern MA, zone 6)
The photo of the paperbark maple against the building is so pretty - what a lovely garden!
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