April in the Garden
April 1, 2022
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May 1, 2022

Plants for good Autumn foliage

For the large garden:

  • Fraxinus americana (American Ash)
  • Liquidambar formosana (Formosan gum)
  • Quercus nigra (Water oak)
  • Quercus palustris (Pin oak)
  • Taxodium distichum (Swamp cypress) – prefers damp conditions.

For the 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)

For the small garden:

  • Prunus subhirtella (Rosebud cherry)
  • Crataegus phaenopyrum (Washington thorn) – also bears clusters of berries.

Berry-bearing plants:

  • 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.