The garden is on the cusp of turning to all fall all the time. Certain plants are leading the way. A quick perusal with camera in hand showed these few plant picks to be worthy choices to help enliven a fall garden. First up is this small native tree, the eastern wahoo, Euonymus atropurpureus.
This specimen was given to me as a seedling from good neighbor Mickey and has grown well to now anchor the front corner of our property. Euonymus atropurpureus is hardy in USDA Zones 3-7, reaching a height of 12 to 20 feet with a similar spread. I prune mine for a more narrow width. Grow it in full sun to part shade with medium moisture. It is tolerant of the dreaded black walnut, as well, a big plus here.
Looking quite cheerful now are the various Solidago ssp., most came with the property but the above shot is of Solidago ‘Fireworks’, a fine cultivar that is more refined in size and spreading. It’s companion in the photo is the hummingbird magnet, Cuphea ignea.
Goldenrods of all types are pollinator favorites and the stalwart of fields and roadsides in autumn. Some of these native wildflowers can get quite tall, but in my garden they get the chop chop in May to keep them shorter. Click here to read about that.
The blue fall blooming asters are the perfect counterpoint to the yellow goldenrods and turning foliage of deciduous trees. It looks pretty with the pink muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, too.
Hardy in USDA Zones 3-8, plant Aster ‘October Skies’ in full sun for best flowering, although part shade seems fine for it here. Drought tolerant and not particular to soil type makes this an easy to grow addition for the fall garden.
An Honorable mention award go to the foliage plant, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’. This was added to the Lawn/Meadow last year and has filled in admirably. To read more about that, click here. Tiny white flowers are merely a bonus, for it is the red and silver leaves that provide the interest.
Also receiving some attention are the self sown morning glories. They twine around whatever is nearby on their climb skyward. The blue flowers are stunning in the early morning light. The wrought iron chairs that sit outside the front door look happy with the vine covering. It makes me smile every time I go out.