There's been no sign of frost here and none in the forecast through the weekend. Surely it will happen next week. The delayed onset of cold weather is just fine with me (although I fear having to wrap up so much in the garden in very cold weather, because when it does come I think it's going to come quickly), not in the least because the garden looks remarkably good right now.

There are a lot of leaves down, but plenty of plants are still putting on a show, somewhat unexpectedly.

Here's a bit of the color happening around the garden. I've shared a few of these on Instagram this week too.

Most of the leaves on my favorite maple have fallen, but they are pretty even on the ground. I imagine I will find them less attractive when I'm cleaning them up.
I planted Amsonia hubrichti in part for its texture but also for its fall color, which is stunning even if everything around it is looking sort of shabby.

A closeup of Amsonia hubrichtii.

Gingko biloba 'Gnome' is showing lovely, almost variegated color.
How can you not love those frilly leaves?
A week ago Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' looked like this. Absolutely stunning.
It's clearly past its peak now, but still beautiful.
A closeup of a leaf from last week.
The climbing hydrangea is always a stunner this time of year.
I struggle with the garden on the north side of the house, but perhaps fall is its beast season.
On the right side of that garden is this stunning spirea. I have to search around underneath it for a tag. 
Spirea closeup.
The 'Venus' dogwood in that garden has gorgeous color even if it doesn't show too well from afar.
I always forget the name of this shrub that I picked up on a whim at the Klehm's Song Sparrow open day a few years ago, but I love its shiny leaves.
Here's a closeup.
Some of the 'Limelight' hydrangeas have gone a bit over, but a few still have a lovely rosy blush.
I always forget that hostas bring great fall color as well. Sure, they are a little poopy, but they are the prettiest golden color. 

What's the color situation in your garden?


  1. Mainly brown with a shot of yellow, green and red. You have lots of nice color in your garden. I like the way the hydrangea climbs a pole.

    1. It's actually climbing up an ash tree, but I fear it will soon be nothing more than a pole as I suspect it will fall to emerald ash borers. I've already decided that if it does, we're going to cut it off above the vine. It took me way to long to get that vine there!

  2. Looks wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen a climbing Hydrangea with fall color. That is really lovely. And I am quite enjoying my yellow Hostas.

    1. Is that not normal for a climbing hydrangea? Mine has always done that. When the leaves start dropping off trees it's in a good amount of sun. Perhaps that explains it. Either way I love it when it turns color.

  3. Glorious Erin! I love your acer.
    It looks like our first frost will be next week, many of the leaves have fallen now. Love all the colour we've had but it's so fleeting.

    1. I just dread how gray and colorless everything is about to be. I'll have to bury myself in plant catalogs to retain my sanity.

  4. I planted some Amsonia hubrichti this year for its color. Its great to see it looking so nice in your garden! My frost is no where in the forecast so I get to hang onto fall for a bit longer!


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