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Going Gracefully Into Winter

These inspiring designs prove that transitional plants are the key to making garden magic in fall

Fine Gardening – Issue 178

I’ll admit it: Sometimes I’m so worn out by the end of summer, with all the watering and weeding, that I really just give up on my garden. But by the time the sugar maples (Acer saccharum, Zones 3–8) start bursting into full color in the woods at the edge of the garden, I start feeling guilty that my landscape is dreary and dull in comparison. These designs show that with the incorporation of a few key autumnal stars, your garden can become a worthy partner to its seasonal surroundings.


All you need is one star—and maybe a couple of extras

There’s no denying that the Rocky Mountain maple is the star of this front border. But the masses of fine-textured grasses interspersed with pops of color from the asters and the goldenrod are the perfect backup singers. Together they make this four-season garden really shine in…

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