Native plants for fall color

My husband takes most of the pictures on this blog (all of the good ones). Within the last hour, he walked around the garden and took pictures of the perennials that are in bloom and the shrubs that are showing fall color. We’ve had quite a cool summer, and it’s been very dry for the past month (and I have not watered), so it seems to me that the garden is a week or two ahead of where it should be right now: late-blooming perennials are further along than they are in most years, and some woody plants are shutting down a bit sooner than usual. But there’s still a lot going on in the garden.


New England asters are always the star of the autumn garden, attracting pollinators well into October. This is a unknown cultivar of Aster novae-angliae that’s been in my garden for about 20 years.


This is Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies,’ which I purchased only yesterday. The plants are still in their pots, but the bees don’t care.


Notice the bee theme we have going here. Yet another pollinator is enjoying this lovely goldenrod, species unknown, that volunteered in my garden many years ago.


Yet another volunteer plant is white snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum), a native perennial that started to appear in this area about 10 years ago and is now common. Look closely–there are lots of pollinators on this one.


And still another volunteer in my garden. I believe this is heath aster (Aster ericoides).


We planted Virginia creeper on the side of our garage about 15 years ago. It feeds the birds in fall and rewards us with gorgeous fall color.


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