Today we’re off to Berwyn, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b), to visit Carol Verhake’s gorgeous garden. We’ve visited Carol’s garden before (Carefully Chosen Colors Bring a Garden Together), and it is always a beautiful and inspiring visit. Carol has a way of combining colors to make magical garden scenes.
Fall-blooming Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Zones 4–7) has abundant clear white flowers set off with a mass of yellow stamens at their center. That yellow is picked up by the fall color of Amsonia hubrichtii (Zones 5–8) in the background.
Every layer is working together here in Carol’s woodland garden. The tree canopy is turning colors overhead and dropping colorful leaves on the ground, lower shrubs and perennials are adding their leaves in shades of yellow, orange, and red, and evergreen shrubs and perennials are adding contrasting notes of green here and there.
Every fall, beautyberries (Callicarpa ‘Early Amethyst’, Zones 5–8) show up all over the GPOD—and it is easy to see why! They’re a stunning way to wrap up the gardening year.
‘Variegated Stellar Pink’ dogwood (Cornus ‘Variegated Stellar Pink’, Zones 5–9) has pink flowers in the spring and leaves variegated with white margins during the summer, but in the fall the white variegation blushes pink for a beautiful send-off.
This beautiful rose was given to Carol when her mother passed. It is wonderful to see the way the buds, the open blooms, and the aging blooms are all growing together here.
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