Autumn is such a magical time in the garden. With summer behind us the light is softening to golden hues and the shadows are getting long and a lot of plants are preparing for winter. At the same time some plants have been waiting all spring and summer to delight us with their showiest season - Autumn.
Some plants will dazzle us with fall colours of rich burgundy, red, gold and orange and others will more delicately change to apricot, soft yellows and dusty rose. All in my mind are beautiful but finding stunning combinations is as important as the plants themselves. For example; I love the way the deep, dark, plum leaves of Cotinus (Smoke Bush) illuminate in the fall to salmon-pink tones. However when Smoke Bush are combined with Pampas Grass (and maybe a little bit of a wrought iron fence or railing in behind) you have a gorgeous vignette to look upon, not only in the summer but also in the fall. This is a little combo I've been looking for a place around my house for a while.
Here are just a few of the plants that I think are interesting for using for fall and winter interest. Some have interesting leaves or fall colour, some have beautiful stems and some have gorgeous berries.
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Twig Dogwood) Read More