|Written by Lucy Hardiman|
|Tuesday, September 04, 2012|
The fall garden can be as showy and vibrant as the summer spectacular. It’s all in knowing how to plant for the season.
When the garden party that is summer wanes in mid-August and September, my interest in working in the garden plummets. A sense of lassitude prevails as I sit back and enjoy the garden, allowing the errant weed to flourish and perennials to set seed. A flute of prosecco replaces the clippers that are an extension of my arm during high season. Daytime heat makes me sleepy and relaxed, while longer and cooler nights presage Mother Nature’s last hurrah.
A crescendo of color transforms the world as autumn takes the stage. Silhouetted against a backdrop of conifers, signature plants in the Northwest, deciduous trees and shrubs explode in a cacophony of color. Framed by scudding clouds and enhanced by the golden light of autumn, the foliage of Japanese and vine maples glow in shades ranging from saffron to garnet. Hybrid and native dogwoods announce their roles in costumes of crimson, eggplant and russet. Witch hazels chime in with leaves echoing their bloom colors of orange, red and yellow.