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Add Spring Color amid Fall Hues

October 3, 2011

Fall and spring are the prettiest times of the year, so why not fill your landscape with the impressive hues of both seasons. Here are a few suggestions.

For flowers that reflect spring colors choose pinks, whites, blues, and yellows. Complimentary fall blooms include bronze-orange, gold, purple, and rust to brownish red.

Shrubs like azaleas (left photo) and camellias provide spring-colored flowers. Encore Azaleas require full shade and blooms three times a year with leathery leaves that remain green year round. Springtime is the shrub’s biggest bloom period. There are fewer blooms in summer and autumn. Still, the fall display is colorful until the first frost.

Camellias grow in part to full shade. Choose the Camellia sasanqua species for blooms October through December. For blossoms January until April, plant japonica species.

There are many perennials with fall blossoms of pinks, whites, blues, and yellows. Some to consider are boltonia asteroides (white and light pink), asters (rose and pink including fall hues), Chrysanthemum hosmariense (white with yellow centers), Russian sage (lavender), Sedum ‘Brilliant’ (pink).

Jackie Tarchala, owner of What Grows Where-consulting and design, says her favorite trees for fall color are, “Liquidamber, Pistacia chinensis, and all the Acer’s, especially A. rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’ and  A. ‘October Glory’”.

Shrubs with fall foliage are Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus), Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), Barberry (Berberis), Blueberry (Vaccinium), Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), and much more.

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