Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
This post would be far more appropriate for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, if there were such a thing, because decent-looking blooms are pretty much non-existent here at Hayefield. There’s beauty to be found even without flowers, however, so here’s an overview of some autumnal offerings from our part of Pennsylvania, starting above with the foliage of ‘Pardon Me’ daylily (Hemerocallis) arching over creeping bramble (Rubus rolfei; a.k.a. R. pentalobus or R. calycinoides).
Another dependable perennial for fall color, the Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) hasn’t been as spectacular this year as in some past seasons, but the bright yellow has still been welcome during the recent spell of dreary weather. Above, it’s paired with the light green leaves of Euphorbia oblongata and the white stems of ghost bramble (Rubus thibetanus).
The grasses, too, are putting on a show of good form, as well as contributing some color. Below is Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha) with Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’).
Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) has finally turned its typical orange, made even prettier today by the sparkling dewdrops on the remaining seedheads.
The Arc Border is pretty much bleached and blackened, but it’s still full of structural interest.
Before the rainy weather moved in, there were plenty of fluffy seedheads left, such as these of a hybrid ironweed (Vernonia).
Fall color from the deciduous trees mostly finished a few weeks ago, but a few shrubs are still showing off, such as the always-spectacular Mellow Yellow spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’).
In the side garden, the southern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia) is trying to keep up with the spirea, but I doubt it’s going to color up any better than this unless we get some sunshine soon.
The ‘Frau Dagmar’ rose was a clear, bright yellow a week ago, but a few orange tints came in before it dropped most of its leaves yesterday.
I always expect great fall color from the hybrid ‘Grace’ smokebush (Cotinus)…
…and the ‘Henry’s Garnet’ sweetspire (Itea virginica), shown here between the deep green of Helleborus foetidus and the deep red of Bowman’s root (Porteranthus stipulatus).
But the medlar (Mespilus germanica) surprised me with an eye-catching display of gold this year. I don’t remember it being so colorful last year, but then it was rather shorter, so maybe I just didn’t see it.
To finish, a shot of ‘Winter Red’ winterberry (Ilex verticillata). It looked like this for exactly one day, until the deer descended on it. It was nice while it lasted, anyway. Now, I can only wonder what, if anything, might be left by next month.
In the meantime, I look forward to visiting everyone else’s Bloom Day posts, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I hope you’ll join me!