You can keep your burning bush pink and your orangey-red Autumn Blaze maple (the "it" tree for fall color around here these days); I'll take the dark, luxurious reds of fragrant sumac, Rhus aromatica, any time.
The glossy foliage catches the low autumn light and adds depth and complexity — plus a touch of glamour — to this Rocky Mountain native.
Hands down, the best shrub for full sun, poor soils, and dry conditions when your goal is super red fall foliage.
The last few days I've been seeing orange everywhere! From soft, pale coral to intense, almost red (and I'm not even talking pumpkins!). . .
|'Autumn Brilliance' serviceberry. This Amelanchear may morph into red.|
|Engleman ivy. Parthenocissus may run rampant, but fall color never disappoints.|
|St. Johnswort. Hypericum is not known for its fall color, but it's always showy.|
|The plumes get the press with maiden grass, but Miscanthus foliage color is terrific.|
|An unknown hawthorn, Crataegus spp., gets orange right.|
|Orange sand cherry, Prunus besseyi, plays well with the blue berries of Oregon grape holly, Mahonia.|
|Wind delivered beauty: leaves from a neighbor's 'Autumn Blaze maple, Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred'.|
|Little bluestem grass, Schizachyrium scoparium, has luscious color that will hold well into winter.|
Orange you glad it's October?
Well, that's it for our fabulous fall weather, and now the garden clean up begins, including unplugging a clogged drain!!
Plenty of green still in the garden, including calabrese sprouting broccoli, radishes and corn salad
The so-called "breezy" conditions of the past 12 hours brought down this 50 year old Douglas fir tree at the end of my street.
Note the red carpet and plastic used under the rock mulch. Did a good job of keeping the weeds out. Kept all the water out too. The soil is absolutely dry. Poor tree never had a chance!
It was a very moving experience to hear a native American man chanting prayers there while viewing a state-of-the-art communications structure in the near distance.