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Fall in Renee’s Garden

Autumn colors in a Southern garden

purple and redish fall foliage

My name is Renee Minirth. This is fall in my garden. In Memphis, fall lasts into December. Sometimes it’s hard to find good fall color in Southern gardens, but I’ve made it a special project for myself these past couple of years. Japanese maples as well as heat-tolerant conifers supply lots of colors.

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zone 5 – 9) and conifersView of the garden in fall, with plenty of Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and conifers helping provide structure and color as fall turns into winter

Japanese anemonesJapanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis ‘Pamina’, Zones 5–8) provide a brilliant flowery counterpart to the fall foliage color.

Bloodgood Japanese maple‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Zones 5–9) puts on a fall display that is brilliant and reliable even in climates that don’t typically have great fall color.

Acer japonicum, ‘Tamukeyama’, diamond loropetalum, Loropetalum, blue point juniper Two more maples, Acer japonicum ‘Meigetsu’ (Zones 5–7) with orange leaves, and A. palmatum ‘Tamukeyama’ (Zones 5–9) with red leaves here are backed up by other shrubs including purple diamond loropetalum (Loropetalum ‘Purple Diamond’, Zones 7–10) and ‘Blue Point’ juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’, Zones 4–8).

Fall Japanese maple foliage Fall Japanese maple foliage can be just as beautiful after it drops to the ground as it is on the tree.

fallen Japanese maple leaves with Heuchera ‘Wild Berry’A magical combination: fallen Japanese maple leaves with Heuchera ‘Wild Berry’ (Zones 4–8)

Wide view of the garden in fall.Wide view of the garden in fall

Horstmann blue atlas cedar ‘Hortsmann’ blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Hortsmann’, Zones 6–9) makes a beautiful silver-blue contrast to the shrubs around it.

beautiful gardenOne last view of this beautiful garden.

If you want to see more of Renee’s garden, check out her Instagram.

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  1. blondie3 12/29/2021

    Beautiful, I love the path way, an invitation to take a stroll…

  2. nwphilagardener 12/29/2021

    The detail shot selected by the GPOD Editor with Heuchera and fallen maple leaves gave me an infusion of joy to start the day. Such vivid color in the garden makes me glad we have such choices to add fresh though fleeting beauty in the fall garden.

  3. Maggieat11 12/29/2021

    Love your gardens; your photos are wonderful. Wish I lived closer so I could visit in person! Beautiful stonework, too.🍃

  4. garden1953 12/29/2021

    Lovely, lovely garden.

  5. Jay_Sifford 12/29/2021

    Really nice!

  6. sagebird52 12/29/2021

    Gorgeous color and contrasts. Beautiful maples ,

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    PKKing 12/29/2021

    Gorgeous rich colors!! A feast for the eyes! Thank you....

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    user-7007816 12/29/2021

    Beautiful use of Japanese maples in your garden. I'm envious because I can't grow them here--too cold.

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    simplesue 12/29/2021

    I really like your style! Everything in your garden- front and back is really well designed and great plant choices!
    Oh and so inspire me to go out and clean off my own stone path buried in autumn leaves LOL!

  10. nicki_s 12/29/2021

    Beautiful garden, and you've certainly achieved your goal of adding fall color! I like your stone-edged beds and the stone path within the bed. It gives me ideas for my own garden.

  11. btucker9675 12/29/2021

    Amazing garden! I just put a bloodgood Japanese maple in my front garden this past year - I will be thrilled to pieces if it ends up as beautiful as yours! And that blue atlas cedar... sigh...

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    treasuresmom 12/29/2021

    For those who may be interested, Renee has an Instagram page thepsychgarden. As usual, Renee, everything is gorgeous.

  13. foxglove12 12/29/2021

    Beautiful garden! Loving that Japanese Anemone!

  14. user-5117752 12/30/2021

    Oh, such a beautiful garden and, yes, "a feast for the eyes". That shot of the leaves on the ground from the maple is exquisite. Mother Nature can be so incredible with a little help from her friends. Thank you for making my day so colorful!!!

  15. reneehouser 01/03/2022

    I could get lost in your garden. I love the layering and colors--especially the spots of silvery blue. So serene.

  16. carolineyoungwilliams 01/26/2022

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden Renee. I absolutely love the Japanese Maples and their rich colors. Looking at your beautiful Japanese Maples, have gotten me considering planting more of them and your walkway also got me considering planting on the other side as thank you for sharing an inspiring. Blessings to you.

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