Last Sunday I was manning the information booth at Greenbelt’s Farmers Market when a gentleman stopped to ask if anyone knew what colorful plants were growing in the median strip along the main street into town – the spot shown above. Well yes, I happened to have photographed it and could list the plants he’d been admiring for months: crape myrtle, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and two annuals: petunias and New Guinea impatiens.
The color-seeking gardener seemed disappointed by my answer. He doesn’t want to “fool with annuals.” So I rattled off names of shrubs and perennials for fall color and promised him a blog post here on the subject, with photos. So here are some of my favorites, first for sunny spots like the median strip above.
(In the photo above the mums are probably best grown once, as annuals. But there ARE chrysanthemums that come back reliably every year.)
These days I’m growing Drift roses, like the ones in the breeder’s photo above, but many of the new and super-popular landscape roses bloom until early winter. We’re still seeing Knockout roses blooming all over town, and Flower Carpet, too.
And let’s not forget that fall foliage isn’t just in trees. To my eyes, nothing’s more dazzling than Amsonia’s fall display.
Next up, fall color for shadier spots.
Posted by Susan Harris.