As much as I love spring when all is anew, there is nothing quite like the change in season from summer to fall in the garden. The leaves begin to turn and the foliage becomes more vibrant. It is so beautiful!
When designing my gardens, I not only considered flower bloom time, but also foliage color and how it would change in fall. It is amazing how that change in foliage adds another layer to the fall garden.
In addition to fall annuals, the best way to add fall foliage color is through perennials and flowering shrubs. As we move through fall, I’ll talk more about how I use them to get more foliage color as the season changes.
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Fall is Arriving in the Garden
The beautiful bold, pink hues of Echinacea and Bee Balm are dimming and, after a few recent storms, the blooms are starting to topple over.
While these pinks fade, my Tall Phlox is starting to fully bloom and looks great! The vibrant variety of Phlox pinks are pairing nicely with the deep yellow hue of Black Eyed Susans.
Meanwhile, Sedum Autumn Joy’s chartreuse buds are becoming more prominent in the borders. These flower heads are preparing to bloom and add autumnal color to the yard. Because it is low maintenance and propagates easily, I have this plant in every garden!
It is so amazing to see the pollinators still loving the gardens and how their floral preferences have changed through the summer. This week, they are enthralled with Joe Pye Weed – which is doing quite well in the backyard gardens. I even saw six butterflies on one plant just the other day!
With that, let’s take a walk around the property and see how the borders are making the summer to fall transition.
The front gardens are doing so well right now! Pink is the dominant border color but some fresh Black Eyed Susan blooms are spicing it back up. Catmint is almost done flowering and I am going to cut it back halfway to try and get another set of blooms.
Bee Balm is almost completely done flowering and is starting to develop a powdery mildew. I will likely cut these back soon to tidy up the border.
My Echinacea is still blooming but is fading and toppling over. I could leave them until they are completely done but am trying to motivate myself to get out there and stake them. #reallife
The annuals are starting to bounce back now that the summer temps are cooling down. And my Dahlias in particular are looking spectacular! Note to self: remember to pull these out before first frost and store them in the basement – they are tender here and will not survive the winter.
The Backyard Gardens are doing so well this year. They look great and I’m so happy with the result. I’ve seen a lot of butterflies hanging out here this week. The have been enjoying all the Joe Pye Weed in the back borders.
To see a video tour of this garden, click here.
The deck gardens are my FAVORITE place to be right now! The containers look so lush, my houseplants are loving their summer vacation and I just love to be out here! For tips on houseplant care and how to summer them outdoors, click here.
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Shed and Fire Pit Border
What Do You Think?
Have you noticed the summer to fall transition in your garden? Let me know in the comments here. I would love to hear about it. Your comments mean so much to me and make my day!
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I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me! If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed, you can see them here:
- 1st Week – Bulbs and Early Spring Perennials
- 2nd Week – Cool Season Vegetables and Spring Flowers
- 3rd Week – Growth, Change and Everblooming Design
- 4th Week – Growth and Transition in the Spring Garden
- 5th Week – Container Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces
- 6th Week – Adding Color with Annuals
- 7th Week – The Importance of a Tidy Border
- 8th Week – How to Create a Hummingbird Garden
- 9th Week – Spring to Summer Transition
- 10th Week – Summer Perennials, Pest and Disease Control
- 11th Week – Summer Gardening and Patriotic Decor
- 12th Week – Caring for Gardens While On Vacation
- 13th Week – How to Create a Butterfly Garden
- 14th Week – Midsummer Flowers
Thank you for following along. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo