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Fall in Kris’s Garden

Central Pennsylvania fall color

white flowers and colorful fall foliage plants

I am Kris Northup, and I live in beautiful central Pennsylvania, Zone 6b. We are having an unusually long growing season here this year, presenting us with some really amazing fall foliage.

close up of pink hydrangea and yellow foliage plantA ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–8) provides the backdrop to Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii, Zones 5–8), golden lace juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Golden Lace’, Zones 4–9), and ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’, Zones 3–8).

garden bed in fall with pink flowers and foliageFrom left to right: pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 6–9), Tartarian aster (Aster tataricus, Zones 3–9), golden hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa, Zones 4–8), black and blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica, Zones 7–10 or as an annual) cosmos versailes (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual), and Verbena bonarensis (Zones 6–10 or as an annual).

yellow and orange garden bed in fallThe highlights here are the two ‘Autumn Brilliance’ serviceberries (Amelanchier × grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’, Zones 4–9) and the row of Hydrangea ‘Anne’ that provide winter interest to our garden.

white flowers and colorful fall foliage plantsThe ‘Honorine Jobert’ anemone (Anemone hupehensis ‘Honorine Jobert’, Zones 4–8) and ‘Major Wheeler’ honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’, Zones 4–8) are still going strong alongside the ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Zones 5–9).


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    user-7007816 11/08/2023

    Yes it has been a beautiful fall. Your garden proves it.

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    bdowen 11/08/2023

    What beautiful colors! The gift of a longer fall and a thoughtfully planned garden.

  3. btucker9675 11/08/2023

    Lovely - that hydrangea is spectacular. Such a nice garden!

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