Thank you to those of you who took the time to leave an encouraging comment about my ‘sunday mornings in the garden’ posts. I was reminded that even though many of you never leave comments, you’re still out there reading and enjoying (hopefully) my posts.
I think the most surprising feedback I had was from my neighbor’s mom, Judy. I popped across the street for lunch one day and Judy was visiting and she mentioned how much she enjoyed my gardening posts and wished I wouldn’t discontinue them! I didn’t even realize she followed my blog.
So just for Judy, and the rest of you who said you didn’t want me to quit posting about the garden, I am going to continue with ‘sunday mornings in the garden’, just maybe a bit more sporadically.
Which brings me to today’s garden subject, fall color in the garden. I have to say, I really do think fall is the most beautiful season of the year. It’s an unfortunately short season, but I sure do enjoy it while it lasts.
Now I have to admit, I have not done all that well with adding fall color to my garden. I don’t have a single tree that turns a beautiful color in fall. Well … that’s not entirely true, I do have a huge maple next to the driveway that eventually turns a pretty yellow, but it’s not a show stopping orange or red.
But that photo is from a few years ago, this tree turns really late in the season and it’s only just starting to show a tiny bit of color now.
We’ve attempted to add pretty fall color trees to the front yard, but we’ve had bad luck with trees in that spot.
Since we’ve lived here we’ve had two trees in front that have come down in wind storms. I feel like there’s something about this spot that funnels the wind through in some way. The last one came down in September 2019 and we still haven’t talked ourselves into replacing it.
But gosh, that tree sure was pretty in the fall.
I think I’m talking myself into replacing it again as I’m writing this post!
Anyway, I also have to say that luckily I don’t have to just rely on trees in our yard to provide fall color, just down the street there are some trees that put on an amazing show every fall.
I get to admire those regularly from my piano room window.
In addition, you don’t have to rely solely on trees for fall foliage. There are shrubs that provide some fabulous color too. One of my favorites is Tiger Eye Sumac.
My Tiger Eye is planted right next to a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea, and the flowers on that also turn a deep red as the season progresses.
And of course, all of my various hydrangeas add nice color to the garden in the fall. The Limelight turns a pretty combo of pink and green.
I also get a surprising amount of pretty fall color from some of my perennials. Have you seen how many gorgeous options there are out there for heuchera these days?
This one is called Fire Alarm, and it’s the perfect color for fall.
Believe it or not, there are also some varieties of hosta that change color nicely in the fall.
Not all hostas turn color like this, but if you google it you can find lots of recommendations for those that do.
I also rely a bit on annuals to add some fall color to my garden.
I feel like a few of my favorite garden vloggers have been dissin’ the mums lately, but I like to pop a few into my containers after pulling out the more brightly colored summer annuals.
I try to stick to a moderate budget of $100 for that though because the fall season just tends to be so short for us here in Minnesota. I filled the front window box with some inexpensive mums from Home Depot, and then filled in with some of my dried hydrangeas.
I left the Lemon Coral sedum in place because it’s pretty hardy. It won’t make it through the entire winter here in zone 4, but it can handle some freezing nights in fall.
But speaking of fall being a short season, we went from 80 degrees last Tuesday to snow on Friday.
So, I guess you could say our fall season lasted about three days this year.
The snow didn’t stick around long, it was gone by lunchtime. But it was certainly a reminder that summer is definitely over and winter is coming. We should all enjoy fall while it lasts!