Autumn with its shorter days and cooler temperatures is just around the corner.  It is a great season.   It is
a time to have great harmony between the countryside and your garden.   For in Autumn the grasses, composite
flowers, and deciduous shrubs and trees of the countryside find their equivalent in the garden.  We must go
beyond the idea that Autumn is only a time for tidying up the garden before the coming of the winter months;
but rather, a time for enjoying spectacular color. 
Grasses are fully grown at this time and show beautiful form and color.  Warm season grasses with their
plumes are at their very best.   Late
flowering shrubs like the Pee Gee
Hydrangea exhibit large clusters of white
flowers taking on a pink blush.  The
Burning Bush shows an occasional crimson
leaf giving a foretaste of the spectacle to
come. Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ with its
massive head of flowers begins to show
pink.  Rubeckia  Goldstrum sends forth
bright golden long-blooming daisy like
flowers.  Asters and Chyrsanthemums burst
into riotous colors.  Conifers and broadleaf
plants that are colorful throughout all
seasons seem to stand out just a little bit
more at this time of year.
 Autumn with its great colors and
invigorating days to enjoy is also the best
season to transplant or install new
plantings.  The plants will have time to
develop new roots and settle in.  The soil is
yet warm and the fall rains will encourage
strong healthy root growth.
 Take advantage of this time to visit
your favorite Garden Center.  Check out
those Fall blooming perennials, shrubs, and the deciduous shrubs and trees that are starting or have yet to show
their Fall color.  A wealth of bloom and color is there waiting to be chosen by the gardener.  In Autumn it is a
pleasure to be outside and garden.
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Remember color is used to highlight special areas or define a space,  draw attention or to downplay a
feature in the landscape.
Cool colors (green, blue, and purples) tend to recede and make spaces look more distant while warm
colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) advance and make things seem much closer.
 Variegated or silver foliage plants that will show up in the darkness, if you have an area that has a lot of
nighttime activity, or is in dense shade.  Repeat colors in areas to tie the whole garden together.  Good accents
of complimentary or near-complimentary color (like red to green or blue to orange) will relieve monotony.  Hot
colors (red, oranges, & yellows) will dominate.  Variations of a color will break the monotony of a solid color. 
Example:  Green is the most common color in the garden, and would be boring if not broken up. To bring it to
life, intermix plants of varying colors of green from the lightest yellow-green to the darkest blue-green.
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