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The Grand Finale: Foliage Followup


Welcome to the Squirrelhaven edition of Foliage Followup, the once a month showcase of all things foliage suggested by Pam at Digging. The festival of fall foliage is coming to an end, which means the most intense colors right now, such as the bright red of the Penstemon 'Dark Towers' pictured above with an edge of frost.

Most of the woody plants are blown but those still waving their flags are zingers.

Cornus kousa possibly 'Beni Fuji'

Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Ofuji-nishiki'

'Ofuji-nishiki' tree peony

dark-leaved smokebush

Cotinus coggyria 'Nordine'

Believe it or not, this is a Forsythia.

One of the Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'. At this point, most of the color is from the perennials and grasses.

On fire is the best way to describe the fall foliage of the former smooth aster 'Bluebird'.

Symphyotrichum laeve 'Bluebird'

It's the best of the ex-asters for fall color, red, purple, yellow and orange all swirled together like some 60s trip.

While I'm drawn to the autumn reds,

this Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa has shades of pink as well.

Of course red and yellow together are even better.

Aquilegia vulgaris seedling
Geum triflorum

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides and Bergenia cordifolia 'Bressingham White'

And then there are the yellows:

You don't hear much about the fall color of the native wild ginger, Asarum canadense. There are pools of gold across the woodland garden now.

Can you name the following plant?

Here's a hint, it grows in full sun and has blue flowers.*

Hylotelephium 'Becka' is surrounded by the fallen beauty of the smokebush and the maple from across the street.

These plants were lost under a Symphyotrichum oblongifolius until I cut it back.

Now the subtle beauty of Clematis 'Evisix' (Petit Faucon) and the free trial plant Monarda 'Grand Marshall' can be enjoyed.

Little bluestem 'Carousel' (also a free trial plant), seems to float in a sea of maple leaves.

The foliage of the Baptisia is still green, while the grass provides the color.

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee', Viola labradorica, and Heuchera 'Lime Rickey

I failed to include this Geranium nodosum 'Svelte Lilac' in my post about Geraniums' fall foliage.

There are other plants showing their fall foliage colors, but I'm out of time and out of room. I hope you enjoyed the show.

*The mystery plant is Dracocephalum 'Fuji Blue'.

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