Orange Pyracantha berries behind a screen of 'The Blues' little bluestem.
My tiny blueberry bush (can you see its red leaves?) surrounded by lemongrass, 'Rotstrahlbusch' switchgrass, pineapple sage, woolly thyme and Japanese bloodgrass.
'Black Lace' elderberry encroaching on the aforementioned switchgrass. (An area to fix next summer.)
Lonicera sempervirens combining more tubular flowers with bright yellow fall foliage.
'Black Beauty' elderberry, with still just a few burgundy leaves hiding behind the 'Grosso' lavender.
My new fave tall sedum, 'Hab Gray,' with yellowing leaves behind the drying flowerheads. Surrounded by 'Sky Pencil' Japanese holly, blue fescues, variegated silene, and the tiny sedum hispanicum.
Asparagus, with its yellowing foliage falling over part of the blue footbridge.
'Himrod White' grape leaves turning yellow against the burgundy of its arbor and a cool candle lantern that Mom gave me for Christmas last year. (Yikes! I NEED to get this fence painting finished already!)
The reddening leaves of my thornless blackberry.
Alpine strawberry 'Ozark' shows flowers and red leaves at this time of the year, and fall berries seem to have a little more tart with their sweet but are still delicious. Above, 'Sioux Blue' indiangrass.
On to the front yard:
The front yard garden is almost a riot of colors... in a bad way! But too soon we'll be left with the gray and brown-gray of a typical Cleveland winter, so I love it.
'Diablo' purple ninebark is definitely this week's show-stealer, with its blaze of red leaves backlit by the afternoon sun.
No plants seem to want to be left out of the fall show here: Even the golden oregano is tinging pink on the edges!
I love backlit grasses, so I try to choose sites for them where they will be between me and the sun as much as possible. Here 'Hameln' pennisetum shines against the deep fall color of my oakleaf hydrangea.
'Albury Purple' hypericum (St. John's Wort) has leaves tinged with purple year-round. But it looks particularly great in Autumn when capped off with berries (and even a few new blooms... I think the caryopteris behind really sets it off.
Not all fall color is pretty! Here echinops ritro is seen turning yellow--and brown and crispy--all at the same time.
I couldn't get my arm and camera out of this pic (sorry) but a single hybrid amsonia is shining brightly--along with the oakleaf hydrangea--among a neutral palette of sage and sea kale.
Another year-round shiner is 'Golden Sword' yucca. See the hybrid amsonia to its left? It's the same kind as the blazing yellow beauty above, so I have no idea why it and its neighbor are still green... maybe they decided to take turns this year!
A last parting shot: My front yard garden as it looks from the corner of the driveway. Now, off to work on doing a little more cleanup here--including adding in some much-needed "chunky" foliage in the area behind the oakleaf, to offset all of this fine-textured stuff a little better.
Hope you all are enjoying a beautiful autumn day like mine... and that you're not as behind in the garden as I am right now! :(