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Yvonne’s Autumn Garden

Late-season blooms and foliage

garden border with colorful shrubs and evergreen trees
Amsonia, viburnum ‘Winterthur’, green giant arborvitae

Yvonne is sharing her garden with us again today.

My garden was previously featured in the GPOD (Yvonne’s Garden in Virginia and Yvonne’s Woodland and Japanese Inspired Gardens). I garden in Zone 7a in Northern Virginia. This garden is five years old, and we started from a blank slate. We have spent the past five years removing scrub, bamboo, poison ivy, and invasive grasses and developing distinct garden spaces. Today I’m sharing some pictures of fall in the garden this year. Most of the pictures are from the woodland and mini-meadow, which I designed and largely planted myself (with the exception of the trees). My goal is to create soothing spaces with lots of textural interest.

stone step path through a fall garden with shrubs and evergreensAt the entry into the woodland garden are European beech hedge (Fagus sylvatica, Zones 4–7) showing its caramel fall color, yellow ‘Hearts of Gold’ redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’, Zones 5–9) glowing, red Viburnum dilatatum (Zones 4–7) to the left, Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) in the foreground, and willow oak (Quercus phellos, Zones 5–9) coloring yellow in the background.

close up of shrub with colorful foliage and red berriesViburnum dilatatum has striking leaves and red berries.

light purple aster flowers backed by ornamental grassAster tataricus (Zones 3–9) in the meadow is backed by Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ (Zones 3–9) and Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ (Zones 5–9).

garden border with colorful shrubs and evergreen treesThe side yard has Amsonia hubrichtii (Zones 5–8), native Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ (Zones 5–9), and evergreen ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae (Thuja ‘Green Giant’, Zones 5–9), with Cryptomeria japonica (Zones 5–9) in the background.

large plumes of an ornamental grass in front of red shrub and foliage perennialMiscanthus ‘Scout’, Itea virginica (Zones 5–9), and Stachys byzantina (Zones 4–8) form a nice textural contrast. 

close up of peach colored chrysanthemum flowersChrysanthemum ‘Brandywine’ (Zones 5–9)

close up of Tricyrtis flowersTricyrtis ‘Sinonome’ (Zones 5 –8) is still going strong.

close up of bright purple berriesCallicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ (Zones 5–8)

close up of shrub with bright green foliage and red berriesIlex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ (Zones 3–9)

close up of pink Japanese anemone flowersJapanese anemone ‘September Charm’ (Anemone × hybrida ‘September Charm’, Zones 4–8)

If you want to see more from Yvonne, check out her instagram: @rosemama20


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  1. gardendevas 11/22/2022

    Wow! Beautiful textures and colors. Would love to stroll through with you for a complete tour.

    1. fromvirginia 11/22/2022

      Thank you!

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    treasuresmom 11/22/2022

    I absolutely love autumn colors!

  3. btucker9675 11/22/2022

    What an incredible garden you've created. Those Japanese anemones are spectacular. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us!

    1. fromvirginia 11/23/2022

      Thank you so much.

  4. theconstantdecorator 11/23/2022

    Beautiful fall garden. I found the entry into the woodland garden enchanting. Your labor of love has definitely paid off!

    1. fromvirginia 11/23/2022

      It’s really my happy place. A lot of time I must admit, but I’m retired now:)

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    simplesue 11/28/2022

    You made the land look natural with all the comforts of a a garden- I love it!

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