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Fall in Carol’s Garden

Foliage and flowers showing off

wide view of fall garden with pink flowers and colorful foliage

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.

close up of fall-blooming white flowersFall-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.

woodland garden with lots of fall foliageEvery 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.

close up of bright purple beauty berriesEvery 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.

close up of dogwood foliage in fallDogwoods (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) are generally grown for their showy spring flowers, but don’t miss their fall color! These look all the brighter for a backdrop of yellow leaves.

close up of variegated Stellar Pink dogwood foliage‘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.

seed head in front of rusty garden sculptureIt is all about the little details, such as this garden sculpture with the seed heads of a bush clematis (Clematis integrifolia, Zones 3–7).

wide view of fall garden with pink flowers and colorful foliageCarol’s moon gate in the background is surrounded by the glow of fall.

close up of pink rosesThis 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.

small tree with fall color in the middle of low-growing shrubs and perennialsStewartia pseudocamellia (Zones 5–8) is a shrub or small tree with beautiful bark, showy white flowers in the summer, and great fall color (as in this photo). It is really beautiful in every season.

view of trees with fall color from gardenBrilliant fall colors shine in the woodland garden behind one of the many boulders on the property.


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    user-7007816 11/13/2023

    What a beautiful setting you have created. Thanks for sharing.

  2. gardendevas 11/13/2023

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the flow of colors and shapes - just beckons one in.

  3. annek 11/13/2023

    Such glorious colors the layering is beautiful with variable depth and interest. And oh, that Moo gate! Swooning!

  4. btucker9675 11/13/2023

    Incredible garden... everything is just as it should be. Moon Gate!!!!

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