Today we would like to highlight some of our favorite native plants for fall color. These shrubs may have beautiful attributives in other seasons, but if you are looking to add some fall color to your garden consider one of the following:
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1 – Itea or “Sweetspire”:
Itea is an easy to grow native plant that does very well in our area. In the late spring it is very showy with white blooms that last for weeks. During the summer months it’s glossy green leaves make a nice background for summer blooming perennials. During the fall this plant really shines. With bright red colored leaves that persist through autumn, this is a wonderful alternative for Burning Bush. During the winter months the red stems of the plant can be very attractive. “Henry’s Garnet” is a hardy variety that gets about 5′ – 6′ tall and wide over time. Looking for something a little smaller? “Little Henry” has all the same characteristics as “Henry’s Garnet”, but in a smaller size. The mature size of “Little Henry” is 2′ – 3′ tall and wide.
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2 – Clethra or “Summersweet:
Clethra is another native plant with many beautiful attributes. In the late spring/early summer it will be covered in very sweet smelling flowers that are available in white or pink. This plant blooms for about a month and is wonderful near a deck or patio where you can enjoy the sweet scent. For the summer months the leaves are glossy and shiny, but during the fall they turn a bright yellow that is very showy. When planted in a grouping the yellow shines even more!
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3 – Fothergilla:
Fothergilla features a white, bottle-brush like flower in the early spring. The flowers are unique and very showy. During the summer months the leaves are large and corse which is a wonderful contrast to more fine foliage. During the fall the leaves turn red, orange and yellow, often all on the same plant. There are many varieties that are available, but one of our favorites is “Mt. Airy”. Fothergilla is also a great choice for a mixed border. They get about 5′ – 6′ tall and wide over time.