April in the GardenApril 1, 2022
May in the Garden ChecklistMay 1, 2022
Plants for good Autumn foliage
- Fraxinus americana (American Ash)
- Liquidambar formosana (Formosan gum)
- Quercus nigra (Water oak)
- Quercus palustris (Pin oak)
- Taxodium distichum (Swamp cypress) – prefers damp conditions.
medium-sized suburban garden:
- Acer buergerianum (Chinese maple) – colours best in cold regions
- Betula sp. (Birch) – does well in cold, frosty regions
- Celtis Africana (White stinkwood)
- Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree)
- Prunus subhirtella (Rosebud cherry)
- Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington thorn) – also bears clusters of berries.
- Try training berry-bearing plants like Cotoneasters flat against bare walls (called espaliering) in a fan shape. This is ideal for small gardens where space is at a premium.
- Callicarpa bodinieri (Beauty Berry) – clusters of vivid pink-purple berries at intervals around bare stems.
- Cotoneaster spp. – graceful shrubs with green-grey foliage and bunches of small, red berries.
- Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo) – an oriental-looking plant with layers of leaves growing horizontally from upright stems; bunches of red berries.
- Rose hips – the fruits of many old fashioned or species roses come in different shapes and sizes; they bring colour to autumn gardens in colder regions.
- Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose) – leaves often begin turing while berries are on the bush.