Autumn’s Colors

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 The autumn color palette is astounding here in the mid-Atlantic for weeks in October and November. Magenta, orange, scarlet, persimmon yellow,  and purple tones are well represented. Here are some of my favorite plants to enjoy and plant for their beautiful displays in the fall.

Smoke Tree and Amsonia
Smoke Tree and Amsonia

Amsonia, Fall Perennial

Amsonia and Smoke Tree
Amsonia and Smoke Tree

The frostier it gets, the colors display better and more intensified hues. For plantings, if you plant the perennial amsonia, you will have great fall color and a perfect backdrop for the fall show of colors.

Amsonia hubrichtii turns golden yellow in fall for weeks
Amsonia hubrichtii turns golden yellow in fall for weeks

Turing a flaming golden color when the nights turn chilly, amsonia is the perennial for fall. I ignore amsonia through the summer adorned with it’s feathery green foliage and starry blue flowers, suddenly noticing it in the fall, admiring the perfect backdrop effect to set off autumn colors.

Amsonia has a smallish blue flower that is pretty but not outstanding
Amsonia has a smallish blue flower that is pretty but not outstanding

Almost over night, the feathery green foliage turns a beautiful golden-yellow, which becomes a perfect foil for fall flowers, notably Dahlias and other large-leaved accent plants like Castor Oil Bean. The fine foliage of amsonia is a perfect companion for coarser leaved plants.

Amsonia and Castor Oil Bean
Amsonia and Castor Oil Bean

Dahlias, Fall Flower

Dahlias, another overlooked plant in the early summer comes into its own in the late summer and fall, lighting up the garden when the nights turn cool. Sporting large bold foliage, Elephant Ears becomes a perfect backdrop for this beautiful bloom. Dahlias bloom for weeks and weeks starting in the late summer, continuing into November with painterly splashes of bright color.

Dahlias and elephant ears
Dahlias and elephant ears
Dahlia
Dahlia
Dahlias pop up tall in the fall garden backed up by the fall color of dogwoods
Dahlias pop up tall in the fall garden backed up by the fall color of dogwoods

Dahlia

Maples, The Best Fall Tree

If you plant a maple, you will have fall color guaranteed! There are few maples that don’t put on a colorful fall display. It doesn’t matter if it is a red maple, Japanese maple, or a sugar maple, you are in for weeks of brilliant colors.

Norway Maple
Norway Maple
Acer aconitifolium
Acer aconitifolium

 

Japanese Maples
Japanese Maples

 

Under the canopy of Japanese maples
Under the canopy of Japanese maples
Japanese maples
Japanese maples

 

 

 

6 Replies to “Autumn’s Colors”

  1. Beautiful color and Photography. Thanks for sharing!
    I also very much enjoyed your White House Blog. I hope you have the honor of working there again.!

      1. They must give everyone their turn? Perhaps one day , you can return and assist with the decorating. You did an excellent job! Looks like a happy creative affair. Thanks again for your blogs. I have enjoying reading them several times.

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