Anne of Green Gardens

Fall Color: It’s not just for New England!


Squirrel enjoying fall color. [H. Guenther]

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year (in my humble opinion). Every year the colors are a little bit different. Read read about the how’s and why’s of fall color in blog

Plant Trees in Fall!

Now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs that produce gorgeous fall colors.  My website has been updated to contain information on how to plant trees, visit Landscape Gardening: Planting a Tree. There you’ll learn that most trees don’t need staking, unless you plant them in a very windy area (for windy areas, stake trees for one year). If a tree can’t make it without a stake when it’s young, chances are it won’t support itself later in life.

Recommended Trees

Here are some of my favorite trees and shrubs. Remember, even though a color is listed, the plant may not always turn that color every year. It all depends on the temperature. Underlined plants have links to more details written earlier in a blog dedicated to that plant. In the future I plan to write about each kind of tree. Please feel free to leave a comment if there is one you are particularly interested in, and I’ll try and get to it next.

SMALL TREES (to 30′ high)



  • Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) red, purple, orange, gold 
  • Photinia (Photinia villosa) red, purple
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum) gold
  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster) red, purple, orange, gold 
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea species) gold
  • Grape (Uva species) gold
  • Virgina Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) red, purple, orange gold  
  • Wisteria (Wisteria species) gold

Plants highlighted in green are California Natives.



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