Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Fall Garden

 Panicum virgatum November 2009

Acer circinatum October 2009

 Crocus kotschyanus October 2008
Hydrangea quercifolia October 2008

One of the rarest gardens in the Seattle area is the fall garden. Although fall is best for planting, many more plants are available in spring. Visit nurseries in early fall to see what is blooming, fruiting, or showing fall color. Many plants on this list offer interest at other times. Cornus florida (Eastern Dogwood) flowers lavishly in spring, then shows good color in Fall. Diospyros (Persimmon) offers both fruit & fall foliage color. Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) offers a bonanza of fruit & flowers in fall. Plant it with Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) or Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet' (Cutleaf Japanese Maple) for an amazing show.

Trees (for fall foliage)
Acer circinatum (Vine Maple): sun or shade
Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree): sun or shade, fruit & flowers
Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ (Eastern Dogwood): sun or shade, foliage & fruit
Franklinia alatamaha (Franklin Tree): sun or shade
Fraxinus pennsylvanica (Red Ash): sun
Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree): sun
Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum): sun
Pyrus calleryana ‘Redspire’ (Flowering Pear): sun
Sorbus (Mountain Ash): sun, fruit & foliage

Shrubs (for fall foliage, except as noted)
Acer palmatum dissectum (Cutleaf Japanese Maple)
Amelanchier alnifolia (Western Serviceberry): sun or shade
Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy’ (Barberry): sun
Callicarpa bodinieri (Beautyberry): sun, fruit
Diospyros (Persimmon): sun, fruit & foliage
Hamamelis x intermedia (Witch Hazel): shade
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea): sun or shade
Lagerstroemia hybrids (Crape Myrtle): sun
Paeonia suffruticosa (Tree Peony): sun
Punica granatum (Pomegranate): sun, fruit
Rhus typhina (Sumac): sun
Ribes sanguineum (Flowering Currant): sun or shade
Rosa rugosa (Sea Tomato): sun, fruit & foliage
Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry): sun

Perennials (for sun & fall bloom, except as noted)
Andropogon gerardi ‘Big Daddy’ (Big Bluestem Grass): foliage
Anemone x hybrida (Japanese Anemone): shade
Epilobium californicum (aka Zauschneria, California Fuchsia)
Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)
Liriope muscari (Lily Turf): shade
Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass): foliage
Physalis alkekengi (Chinese Lantern): fruit
Solidago (Goldenrod)
Tricyrtis (Toad Lily): Shade
Zauschneria californica (California Fuchsia)

Groundcovers & Trailers
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi: sun or shade, fruit
Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ (Creeping Hummingbird Carpet): sun, flowers

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