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The Colour of Autumn

If you look past the mess and obvious work that needs to be done you will find little spots of colour and beauty in my Autumn garden. But, you reee-ally need to look past a lot of debris and fallen leaves to see it. If you love the look of fallen leaves and fading blooms, then you don’t have to look too hard to marvel at the changes that are happening in my garden. And if you go outside at the right time of day … you know, that special time when the sun catches the foliage at that splendid angle … well then you will see lots of beauty and colour in my very messy autumn garden!

Evergreens keep looking good

Lets see what beauty we can find in the foliage and combinations …

[one_half]Carex, H. petiolare & P. RubrumCarex, Helichrysum petiolare & Rubrum[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pink Camellia has fallen into Dusty MillerPink Camellia bloom dropped into Dusty Miller[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pandorea, Lavender and Gaura stemsfoliPandorea, Lavender and Gaura stems[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Helichrysum petiolare with Pennisetum rubrumHelichrysum petiolare with Pennisetum rubrum[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Dropped Camellias and dried leaves …Dropped Camellias and dried leaves ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Prairie fire and Ipomoea batatasPrairie fire and Ipomoea batatas[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Miscanthus sinesis “Variegatum”Miscanthus sinesis "Variegatum"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Evergreen combinations that workEvergreen combinations that work[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Carex evergold and Duranta Sheenas GoldCarex evergold and Duranta Sheenas Gold[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' Pink Butterfly Bush[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lavender & foliage for Autumn flowersLavender & foliage for Autumn flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Strobilanthes and a single Crocosmia bloomStrobilanthes and a single Crocosmia bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Carex and dainty blue LobeliaCarex and dainty Lobelia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A small Imperata cilindrica “Red Baron”Imperata cilindrica "Red Baron"[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The new Nandina leaves are pink?Nandina leaves are pink?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fallen leaves look beautiful against grassesFallen leaves look beautiful against grasses[/one_half_last]

Blooms are few and far between, and yet there is so much colour courtesy of all the foliage.

Happy Gardening


By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

8 replies on “The Colour of Autumn”

Wow Christine! I happen to think your garden looks great! I like it when the plants are all grown together and showing a little “freeform.” I really like the carex ever gold and the durance, and the your photo of the gaura. Can’t believe the color of the leaves on the nandina…they are beautiful! Don’t work too speedily to get it cleaned up, it’s lovely!

You have just the right touch to get that perfect light photo from your foliage – so beautiful!! I LOVE LOVE the pink Nandina leaves…wow! How unusual. 🙂
The winner, though, is the P. Rubrum – you can put her anywhere and she just glows, hey?

Some beautiful combinations! I love how well your various grasses work with the textures of the plants next to them, especially the golden-hued combination.

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