We’re visiting Colleen’s garden today to enjoy the beauties of fall.
I’ve been gardening for more than 30 years in the Hudson Valley of New York State. I appreciate all things gardening but lately am loving texture, foliage, natives, shade gardening, and container gardening.
If you want to see more, check out Colleen’s garden on Instagram.
The foliage of this oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) is just beginning to blush red for the fall.
Close-up of oakleaf hydrangea foliage beginning to color up. The flowers of this shrub are beautiful, but they might just be upstaged by the big, dramatic foliage.
Sometimes called autumn crocuses, Colchicum look similar to true crocuses but differ in many ways, most notably for being highly toxic, which is great if you have trouble with squirrels or voles eating your bulbs. The flowers on colchicum come up in the fall without the leaves, and then the leaves come up in the spring.
Close-up of the colchicum flowers, which look to be the species Colchicum speciosum (Zones 5–8)
Dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as tender bulbs) bloom much of the summer but always peak with the shorter days and cooler weather of fall.
An aster, probably a selection or hybrid of New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae–angliae, Zones 3–8), brings beautiful purple blooms to the fall, much to the delight of a honeybee.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Zones 3–9) is a vigorous native vine that loves to scramble up fences or trees, and turns brilliant shades of red in the fall.
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