Fallscaping: Fall for Autumn

I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Yoest at the blogger conference held at the Garden Home Retreat last spring. Helen is a garden writer and speaker through her business Gardening with Confidence ™ and also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

You can follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her Facebook friend’s page, Helen Yoest or Gardening With Confidence ™ Facebook Like Page and catch up with Helen via her blog at www.gardeningwithconfidence.com

In this guest blog post she shares the beauty of her North Carolina garden in fall and inspires us to take a look at what’s going on in our own autumn landscapes.

It seems everyone is a gardener in the spring, many of us continue into the summer, but only a few add flowers for the fall. Yet the fall is the perfect time to be in the garden

With the dog days of summer behind us, October opens with cooler air and less humidity creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement. The source of this excitement may be for no reason other than it being bearable enough to be outside once again.

Indeed, October, and throughout the fall, is an ideal time to plan and plant new garden beds to ready oneself for the next year. The fall is also an ideal time to enjoy what the months have to offer.

The fall is also more than just flowers. There is color from foliage, there is scent, textures, and fruit and berries. With our area’s late frost date, we often find our gardens providing interest and intrigue well into November.

Flowers, Foliage, Fruit

Summer color can be extended into the fall with Asters, Anemones, Eupatoriums, Helianthus, Salvias, and Sedums. There’s also beautyberry, fothergilla, and golden rod.

Gingers are releasing scent to waft the thinner air, with flirty flowers causing reason to stare. Roses are regaling, hardy Begonia beguiling, Amsonia amazing. The ripened figs become a destination for one of nature’s most delicious delicacies.

Color, Scent, Texture

Reds dominate. Yellows generate. Purples empower. Grasses sway, with flags as flowers. Crepe Myrtle’s bark shed creating unique texture and mottling. The Maples mission is fulfilled as the last red leaf falls to the ground and yellow Gingko leaves make mass merriment.

The seed heads of Black-eyed Susans add texture and interest to the garden long after the birds finished them off.

Wildlife

The butterflies and hummingbirds are also busy in the fall garden as they ready themselves for a long journey south. The flowers of perennial Chrysanthemums such as ‘Sheffield Pink’ make the most perfect landing pad for a butterfly.

Hummingbirds pause mid-air to sip nectar from a Canna. Monarchs are grateful to find nectar still rich. Finches steady themselves as they feed on seeds. The box turtle moseys around the tomatoes eating what the birds or deer knocked to the ground.

Autumn was made for sitting on the patio to watch in wonder. Fall gardening does not need to be all about what needs to be done for the future. It can also be about what is available now. In the wise words of garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence, “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

Enjoy your garden this fall and all the falls to come. As you plan and plant, include fall peaking selections in your choices.

Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Blue Atlas Cedar - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Crinum - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Hardy Cyclamen - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Dahlias - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Fall Textures - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Gourds and Mini Pumpkins - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

Mexican Sage (Salvia leucantha) - Photo Courtesy of Helen Yoest

 

8 Responses to Fallscaping: Fall for Autumn

  1. Noreen says:

    Hello,

    Yes, the dahlias are super this time of year. I have a giant dahlia planted just outside my front window and it is still going strong. The blooms are about 8 inches across or more, fuschia colored. First year that I have grown these and now I am hooked. There are multiple buds on the plant right now, just hope they don’t get nipped by any frost before they can put on a spectacular show!

  2. Gorgeous post! I love all the colors and textures of fall. It’s a great time to be adventurous.

  3. Cindy says:

    Helen, I enjoyed your post. And I agree, Fall is a lovely time to be in the garden. The weather is perfect and there is far less garden cleaning-up to do. In my Fall garden, the goldenrods and lantana are the show-stoppers. The bees are all over the goldenrods and I love the goldenrods for that. The bees seem so happy and with everything they go through in our environment, they deserve some fun.

  4. Helen, loved reading your article on Allen’s website. Cannot wait to check out your website. The pictures and comments were very poetic. I love gardening and being outdoors any time of year. It renews my spirit. sheila

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