Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top 10 Plants For Fall Color

"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower."

--Albert Camus

Blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) yellow
Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensiblis) yellow
Summersweet Clethra (Clethra alnifolia) yellow
Fothergilla (Fothergilla major) yellow-orange-red
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) orange-red
Maple (Acer rubrum & A. saccharum) yellow-orange-red
Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculua parviflora) yellow-red
American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus) yellow-orange-red
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) yellow
Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) yellow-orange-red

This past week was the peak of fall color in my part of the world and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding that wholly embraced the spirit of autumn. By no means is this an all-encompassing list for fall color, but the perennials, shrubs, and trees above are show-stoppers.

In many respects this time of year is the most colorful; and it’s the best time of year to add new plants to the garden. Be sure to keep newly transplanted plants well-watered as it also tends to be the driest time of year in the south with little rain and windy conditions.

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