|The Toronto Botanical Garden on a rainy (but clearly not grey) day in November|
Think November is drab? It doesn’t have to be, if you play your cards right. Look at the lusciousness in the photo above, without the use of a single flower – well, discounting the dried heads of a red-tinged oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) in the centre of the shot.
The bright orange-red shrub in the foreground is Fothergilla. Japanese maples (Acer spp) skirt the background, and the plummy shrub on the left is a Viburnum, some of which colour up even more dramatically. It’s all accented by blue-green lavender (Lavandula), dark evergreens and goldy grasses. Who needs flowers in our gardens, if we can have fall colours and compositions like these?
|Grasses and perennials with fall colour, such as threadleaf bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), can give the garden a golden glow.|
|Don’t forget dark foliage plants – here, some purple-leaf Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) – which can be overlaid with red or gold. If you don’t like barberry, then try our native ninebark (Physocarpus) in one of its many deep shades.|
|Then there’s the anchoring dark green of evergreens, with a pop of red in that hedge of burning bush (Euonymus alata).|
Add colours like these to your garden paintbox, and you won’t miss the flowers. I’ll be writing a separate post on fall berries, while you have time to notice them in gardens around town.
But add your thoughts here – what are your favourite ways to add colour in the absence of flowers?