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Fall Joy

The best time of the gardening year

large camellia shrub covered in pink flowers

Today we’re in Virginia visiting with Amy Birdsong. (See a previous post from her here: Lessons from Amy’s Garden.)

Hello, Fine Gardening! I’ve figured out why I love fall gardens so much. It’s not hot anymore, so you can meander slowly around your garden and stop to enjoy the unexpected color combinations the flowers and plants are giving you. It almost looks like you planned it. Here are some pictures showing off fall joy.

trees with yellow foliage surrounded by evergreen shrubsMagnolia ‘Solar Flair’ (Zones 4–8) changes to yellow for the fall, while the ‘Winter Gem’ boxwoods (Buxus ‘Winter Gem’, Zones 5–9) keep their steady, rich green color.

large camellia shrub covered in pink flowersIn Zones 7 and higher, fall doesn’t just mean changing leaves; it also means flowers in the sasanqua camellias (Camellia sasanqua hybrids, Zones 7–9). Different forms of camellias can bloom anytime from fall to spring where they are hardy.

faded hydrangea blossoms and foliage plantsFlower heads of ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–8) fade to their fall brown, with green upright plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’, Zones 6–9) and silver dusty miller (Senecio cineraria, Zones 8–10).

various evergreens in a garden bedA mix of different evergreens, some variegated, create beauty that lasts all year: oakland holly (Ilex ‘Magland’, Zones 6–9), variegated English holly (Ilex aquifolium, Zones 7–9), and Distylium ‘Spring Frost’ (Zones 7–9).

small pink camelia next to colorful foliage plantsAnother beautiful fall-blooming camellia (Camellia ‘October Magic Ruby’, Zones 7–9) is backed up by variegated liriope (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’, Zones 5–10) and lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–8).

garden of dusty pink flowers and interesting foliage plantsIn this photo: evergreen poet’s laurel (Danae racemosa, Zones 7–9) studded with red berries, the fading seed heads of Autumn Joy sedum (Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’, Zones 4–10), silvery lambs’ ears, and the variegated Euphorbia ‘Ascot’ (Zones 6–9)

various evergreen plantsThe bold, variegated foliage of Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web’ (Zones 7–10) stands out dramatically surrounded by dark green evergreen foliage.


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  1. gardendevas 11/16/2022

    Wish I could join you in walking around your lovely garden!

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    simplesue 11/16/2022

    I just love the photo of your garden with the Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web’, it contrasts so nicely with all the nice dark evergreen foliage on the bushes and the ivy....I love all that green texture.
    And your amazing Camellia loaded with pink flowers- I had no idea they got like that!
    I also just learned from you and your garden about the Oakland Holly- that's on my "want list"!
    My kind of garden with all those broad leaf evergreens accented with other plants of interest!

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  4. cinderala 04/10/2023

    So beautiful. I love flowers but I can't grow them :(. I just grew some tiny fishing to relax.

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