The lone voice of horticultural reason
Don’t forget about planting for autumn leaf color.
Or put more sincerely, there’s more to taking advantage of fall color change than planting maples and oaks. I always give an extra nudge to using perennials and shrubs—in addition to trees—that reward the landscape with their ability to perform an autumn magic act.
Glancing around my humble half-acre, I note the following:
Sure, there are shrubs that add zilch to the equation in fall that are so stellar either in bloom (lilacs) or mid-season leaf (hydrangeas) that they are worthy of space, but don’t ignore the importance of fall leaf color when choosing shrubs, or perennials.
Additional Good Shrubs for Fall Color
Diervilla (Bush Honeysuckle)
Cornus (Dogwood, except Ivory Halo, which looks like hell by about August anyway)
Euonymus (Burning Bush)
Spiraea (Spirea – most varieties)
Viburnum (most varieties)
Additional Good Perennials for Fall Color
Euphorbia polycroma (Cushion Spurge)
Aruncus aethusifolius (Dwarf Goat’s Beard)
Geranium (Cranesbill – some varieties)
Polygonatum (Soloman’s Seal)
Euonymus fortunei ‘Colorata’ (Wintercreeper)
The Renegade Gardener