Growing up in New England, I realized that I was a bit spoiled when it came to the concept of “autumn colors”. The native forest that covers most of the area can usually be counted on for a great show. I know I won’t be here to tell you anything you don’t know, but the truth is that no matter where I travel, the second person I mentioned who lives in New England will undoubtedly say, “Oh, there must be autumn there. It’s beautiful. “Yes, yes. But a garden is different from a native forest. Unless you work together to add autumn peak plants to your landscape, it will look dull even if you are in New England. In many ways, gardeners in any region find themselves facing the same challenge: how to make these beds and borders shine in the months of September, October, and November.
I have talked with gardeners from Texas to Montana, and they have longed for color during these difficult months. Sometimes this color comes from shrubs that bloom late in warmer regions, or sometimes from trees that respond to colder temperatures in more northern regions. It seems that we are all in the same boat and want to make the most of the garden before the off-season. That’s why I like this article, Perennials in autumn colors Andy Pulte (Andy Pulte) in our upcoming issue. We often forget that perennials-the workhorse of the garden-wear glasses in the fall. But Andy outlined a few of these. Even better, this article was written by an author who does not live in New England or other northern regions. He is a native of Tennessee, and his insight will convince you that no matter where you are in your garden, autumn colors are almost always achievable.
–Daniel Shirley, Executive Editor