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    Plants for fall color!

    Shorter days, cooler nights, bring on the fall colors!  Fall foliage is a result of plants no longer producing chlorophyll (the food for plants and what makes leaves green).  As the chlorophyll begins to break down we start to see yellows and oranges and some plants have further chemical changes which in turns gives us red and purples.  But enough about how it happens, here are some great plants to consider for a brilliant display this fall.

    To really impact your fall garden make sure to include plants that will turn those beautiful bright reds, oranges and purples.  Red maples and Sugar maples are great shade trees that produce brilliant fall color.  The Red maple will give bright red leaves while the Sugar maples give a multicolored show of oranges, yellows and some red.  They both are really spectacular!  One of the most amazing and unique trees for brilliant yellow fall color are the Gingko biloba trees.  Be sure to select a non fruiting variety, the downside of fruiting varieties is the smell of the rotting fruit (eek)!

    Don’t forget to layer your landscape with smaller ornamentals and shrubs to spread the fall color throughout!  Serviceberry trees give good yellow-orange colors, while Japanese maples can give a bright red from the red leafed varieties and vibrant oranges from the green leafed varieties.  Oakleaf hydrangea not only produce showy blossoms but turn beautiful shades of reds and purples in the fall!

    Lets not forget flowers!  There are number of great annuals and perennials that will flower into fall!  Annual mums, coneflowers and pansies will get that pop of color where your summer annuals are starting to fizzle.  Perennials such as Asters, Russian Sage, Goldenrod bloom from late September into October!  Don’t let your garden fade away, but rather go out with a bang of color!

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    The birds and the bees and butterflies too!

    nestCommuning with nature is a great way to spend the evening after a long day of hard work and relax. The best gardens are those that are wildlife friendly! Here are a few tips to make your landscape a more welcoming environment. Birds of all species need various nesting sites. It’s good to have a variety of trees, shrubs and evergreens. Even an old dead tree can fit into your landscape to invite woodpeckers and nuthatches to nest. Butterflies need nectar sources, host sources (for the caterpillars) and shelter. And all living beings need water, a great way to attract more wildlife is to include a water source.

    Here’s small list of plants to entice the birds, bees and butterflies!

    Trees and shrubs for birds:
    Serviceberry (amelanchier)-the birds love to gobble up the berries in the spring!
    Hawthorn (crataegus)-great protective tree for nesting and produces berries for a food source.
    Colorado Spruce or Norway Spruce (picea)-A great protective nesting site for birds (as with most other evergreens).
    Red/Black Chokeberry (aronia)-another great food source for birds.

    Butterfly garden plants:
    Yarrow (achillea)
    Columbine (aquilegia)
    False Indigo (baptisia)
    Butterfly Bush (buddleia)
    Caryopteris
    Tickseed (coreopsis)
    Delphinium
    Coneflowers (echinacea)
    Bee Balm (monarda)
    Penstemon
    Sedums
    Goldenrod (solidago)

    A small pond or fountain makes a great open water source.

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