Fall Color for Shady Spots
I’ve reported on on my favorite plants for fall color in sunny spots and as promised, here are my faves for shade.
Coleus come in dozens of colors and patterns. Mine are just now, in late October, losing their leaves. They’ve looked big and bold and colorful all season, until let’s say m id-fall.
Begonia Grandis blooms from September through fall. The foliage is gorgeous all season.
Japanese Anemones look great here at the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden with petunias.
Hakonechloa Grass doesn’t bloom, but its gold foliage looks great all season and the dried foliage looks lovely in the winter, too. Behind it is a shrub that’s colorful in the fall and winter, too – the Acuba.
Carex is the name of a large genus of grass-like plants (technically called sedges, not grasses) and many are evergreen, like the ‘Ice Dance’ variety above. It’s been a primary groundcover in my shade garden for decades now. It brightens up even the darkest spot.
The glorious Oakleaf Hydrangea is one of my all-time favorite shrubs and it’s famous for its four-season interest. The photo above demonstrates its fall glory and coming up next, with no leaves in sight, is its lovely exfoliating bark.
Encore Azalea is a repeat-blooming shrub was highly recommended to me just yesterday by a Prince George’s Master Gardener. She told me that hers are blooming like crazy even now, in late October.
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