Magazine article Sunset

Color Your Garden for Fall: Mix Shrubs, Trees, and Perennials in Rich Autumn Hues

Magazine article Sunset

Color Your Garden for Fall: Mix Shrubs, Trees, and Perennials in Rich Autumn Hues

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* At nurseries during early fall, plants like butter yellow maidenhair tree can have more visual impact than rows of annuals. Browse on a chilly morning and you'll find dazzling combinations on every scale to bring late-season color to your garden: witch hazel with Camellia sasanqua; Sedum 'Autumn Joy' beside Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii 'Goldsturm' or purple fountain grass; or the pas de deux of burgundy smoke tree and Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Regal Mist'.

All it takes to bring fall color to a corner of your garden is a few flame-foliaged shrubs, some late-season perennials, and perhaps a small-scale deciduous tree with gold or bronze red leaves. This month is the best time to buy them: most are wearing a crown of fall leaves or flowers, so you can choose plants for the colors you want. And there's no better time to plant--cooler days, longer nights, and increasing rainfall help plants become established with little extra input from you. By spring, they'll be ready to charge into the new season with vigorous growth supported by the roots they put down during the winter. Then they'll grace your landscape with gorgeous hues for many autumns to come.

Our lists will help you get started; they highlight some of the best fall color-makers. Visit our website for a helpful chart (www.sunset.com/garden/colorchart.html). Take our suggestions to a nursery, grab a wagon, and start matching plants.

Start with a tree

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* Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis)

* Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

* Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

* Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

* Maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba)

* Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)

* Persian parrotia (P. …

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