The colors most often used in fall containers mimic the seasonal hues found in nature – brilliant yellows, glowing oranges, and rich reds. I like these colors just fine and appreciate them in the flamboyant leaves of trees and shrubs in the landscape, but what’s a gardener to do when she loves pink and purple?… Continue reading Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange
Cooler temperatures raise the curtain on the performance called autumn starring colorful leaves, pumpkins and fall-blooming perennials. Some of my favorite stars of this seasonal show are Japanese anemones or windflowers, botanically known as Anemone x hybrida. Fall blooming anemones offer simple, but elegant flowers, each with five rounded petals – unless they are a… Continue reading Japanese Anemones brighten the fall landscape.
It takes a leap of faith to plant most bulbs. We plant them in fall and then wait, trusting our efforts will pay off in joyful spring color. Experienced gardeners gladly take the leap, but beginners may need a faster payoff. Colchicums are a great place to start. Colchicums grow from corms (short, thick, bulb-like… Continue reading Plant Colchicums for Fall Flowers
I love discovering special objects at garage sales, flea markets, auctions and estate sales that I can use as planters in my garden. Here’s how I created a fall planter with a vintage beverage crate. I found this old wooden crate, perfect for a fall planter, at a garage sale. Don’t you just love the… Continue reading Wooden Crate Fall Planter
Some consider Heptacodium miconoides, commonly called seven-son flower, a large shrub; others debate its status as a small tree. Call it what you like, as long as I can call one mine. People who shop for all their plants in May miss out on some amazing plants whose charisma is not evident until summer or… Continue reading Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal