Fall in New England can be a magical time with the explosion of color everywhere, the crisp fall air and the anticipation of winter.  It is important to consider all the seasons when planning your garden or adding to it.  If something is not working, be brutal and pull it out and replace it with something that provides color in a different season.  Here are some of my fall favorites considering that I live in Zone 5.

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Winterberry ‘Red Sprite’

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Viburnum  ‘Mariesii’

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Kousa Dogwood

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Barberry ‘Royal Burgundy’

Hydrangea ‘Quick Fire’ leaves turn glorious colors in fall

Hydrangea ‘Pinky Winky’

Allium tuberosum


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Pink Diamond

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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Alice’ which turn a deep red in fall

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Viburnum ‘Brandywine’

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River Birch

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Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’

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Physocarpus – Ninebark – ‘Summerwine’ and ‘Coppertina’

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Amsonia ‘Montana’

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Hamamelis x intermedia

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Acer palmatum – Japanese Maple ‘Koto no ito’

Of course, don’t forget about perennials- seed heads from Alliums, Sedum, Seed pods from Siberian Iris and Mums

Tell me your favorite fall perennials and shrubs! I also love Red Twig Dogwoods and Fothergilla gardenii for great fall color.

Did you miss the last blog on Fall Grasses or Handy Tips for Autumn clean up