Fall Colors For Your Garden

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

            The weather is beginning to turn cooler, and fall offers the perfect opportunity to display an explosion of colors and textures in your garden.  A vibrant backdrop of trees and shrubs can surely add to your landscape’s aesthetics.  Fall is the perfect time for planting many kinds of perennials, trees, and shrubs because the roots have time to establish themselves before spring.  If you’re searching for a splash of color, you may want to plant one or more of the following:

American Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) is a rounded shrub growing up to 5 feet high and 4 feet wide.  Large white flat-topped clusters of flowers bloom in late May and June.  The flowers are then followed by fruit, varying in color from blue to bright red, and serve as a source of food for birds during the winter.  The berries are also edible for humans and are sometimes used for making jams and jellies.  Striking foliage changes red to purple in fall.  Native to our area, this shrub is tolerant of full sun to partial shade and prefers moist, well-drained soil.  American Cranberrybush benefits from regular renewal pruning. 

The Amur Maple (Acer ginnala) is a real eye catcher!  Growing up to 9 feet tall and 8 feet wide, it is a dense, compact, small tree or large shrub (depending how you prune it) that bears bright orange to red leaves in fall.  Small fragrant white flowers are produced in early spring.  Amur maples can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and will grow best in full sun or partial shade.     

Ornamental pear trees, such as the Chanticleer  Pear and Javelin Pear (Pyrus calleryana) make valuable additions to the landscape.  Because of their upright-pyramidal form that is more narrow than other ornamental pear trees, they are a good choice where lateral space to spread is limited.  The crown is also less prone to branch breakage with heavy winter snow because of their shape.  Growing up to 40 feet tall and 15 feet wide, these trees produce attractive white flowers in early spring.  Their foliage turns a brilliant glossy maroon color in the fall.  These ornamental pear trees are adaptable to many different soils and tolerate drought, heat, and pollution. 

Many trees, shrubs, perennials, and colorful mums are available at Bloch’s Farm to complete your fall look!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  

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