In addition to beautiful Fall flowers we have been enjoying vines, ferns and colourful grasses these days, berries and trees too.
The laneway to our home has corn fields on each side. The fields have already been harvested. Along the fence is a Sweet Autumn Clematis in bloom. I hope to add a few more to make the fence more cheerful in years to come.
I am awfully fond of ornamental grasses. These are developing wonderful colour at this time of year. I am rather negligent about labels, so don’t have all their names.
Some trees also put on an Autumn show. Tamarack trees , which many mistakenly think are evergreen, actually develop bright golden needles which they drop in late Fall. These are about to turn colour soon.
This young Katsura tree is named ‘Red Fox’ because it too is supposed to change colour in the fall. We shall soon find out if it is too young to begin this! It starts out in Spring with leaves of a purple hue.
This Heptacodium was moved to a sunny position 2 years ago and is beginning to produce showy white blooms each year at this time. Even later, purplish-red fruits surrounded by rose coloured calyces will appear.
Another beauty at this time of year is a plant named Chelone which is commonly called “Turtlehead” because of the flower shape. This plant reaches a small bush size and forms either white or pink blooms. Do you see the turtle shape?
A new young plant which will grow to a great size is Phytolacca. It may reach about 8 feet in height. I have fallen in love with Phytolacca Silberstein’s foliage. Here you see the berries which it produces on colourful stems, even at an early age. These berries are poisonous.
There is so much to enjoy at this time of year still!