By the time I post this, Autumn may be a memory except for the lingering Oak and Beech leaves and the crunch of leaves in the woodland trails.
This time of year the Horticulture Department is potting up the last of the non-hardy plants and winterizing the cannas by reducing them to tubers, and they’ll sleep away the winter in the wine “cellar”. (Hole. It’s the Wine Hole!). The first one thousand of our new daffodils have been planted. Our hoophouse is days away from getting it’s new skin. Volunteers are cutting down the brown stems in the Daffodil Bowl, the only thing that the goats didn’t (and won’t!) eat. Holiday decorating preparations are beginning, and Garden Design and Plant Orders and frantically shouting “Uppies!” at us but we keep kicking them aside saying “Don’t bother me, kids”. (We're trying to do it right now as I type!).
But garden design isn’t just about the flowers. Take a look around now to see how you can extend your yards visual appeal by incorporating fall color into your plans.
Come, take a stroll with me and see if anything inspires you for next years garden…
Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood
Amsonia hubrichtii, Blue Star
Callicarpa japonica, Beautyberry; Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Stonecrop
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii', Monkshood
Callicarpa dichotoma f. albifructa, Beautyberry
Vernonia novaboracensis, New York Ironweed
Tricyrtis hirta, Toad Lily
Begonia grandis, Hardy Begonia
Acer griseum, Paperbark Maple
Cornus rutgerensis 'Veriegated Stellar Pink', Dogwood
Lindera angustifolia, Spicebush
Physostegia virginiana, Obedient Plant
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold', Winterberry