Beyond Flowers


Color in the Fall Garden

Fall can be a brown time in the perennial garden unless you plan your garden carefully to provide color and interest through this beautiful season of maturity.

Fall is actually my favorite time of the year. The color on the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous, the days are warm, and the night air becomes crisp. It’s a great time to be in the garden!

Viette Sourwood Fall ColorThink outside the box

Often when we think of color in the garden, we think primarily of flowers. In the fall garden, color can come from much more than just flowers! So many perennials, trees and shrubs have gorgeous fall foliage or bright berries or showy seed heads or beautiful flowers that dry right in the garden! When choosing plants to put in the garden, it’s fun to think beyond the flowers.

What will the plant look like when it’s finished blooming?

Will it contribute to the overall beauty of the garden when the flowers are spent?

This is not to say that every plant you put in your garden has to have all-season interest – that would be pretty hard. The trick is to intersperse perennials, trees, and shrubs that have fall interest into your overall plan.