|Spicebush/Lindera benzoin, Hydrangea arborescens 'Ryan Gainey' and a Japanese Maple|
|Rhus aromatica 'Gro Low'|
My favorite (you do know that they are all my favorites, right?) perennials, shrubs and small trees take center stage in the fall sunlight.
Porteranthus stipulata has a small footprint, but what it lacks in size is more than made up for in its brilliant golden fall color.
|The lantern was a gift from Frances of Fairegarden|
|Ostrya virginiana the Dancing Tree|
Last, but not least, is Amsonia hubrechtii, not new to the garden, but new to this spot. They're planted beneath Viburnum rufidulum along with Clethra Sugartina Crystalina™, Penstemon 'Husker Red' and for leaf texture and color, Hosta 'Gaucamole'. If you want to see what Amsonias can do after they lose their color see my post Amsonias, After The Fall.
Lucky for me and the visiting critters the very best Ex-aster just begun to bloom! I can continue to enjoy and celebrate the sun, the flowers and the critters until we have a serious frost and even then there still might be color in my garden.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.