Fall has arrived

After a few weeks in Alabama, I returned home earlier this week to find that autumn was in full swing. Temperatures are in the 50s and 60s during the day and it has been damp.

I've got a lot of chores to catch up on, mostly getting the pots inside and some pruning.

A quick look around the garden

Persian Ironwood (Parrotia), much more colorful this year than last. 

Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), planted last fall. 

Mountain Gordlinia, just planted about a month ago, showing vibrant red leaves. 

Ginkgo 'Princetown Sentry', planted last fall in the front garden, just gets better and better. 

Another view of the gingko, with the Sourwood (Oxydendrum) in the foreground. 

Acer 'Sango Kaku' (Japanese Maple)

Japanese Stewartia

Burning Bush (Euonymous 'Rudy Haag') under the Sourwood tree

One of the potted Japanese Maples - 'Dancing Peacock' 

Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii)

Dwarf Birch (Betula 'Trost's Dwarf') 

Geranium 'Rozanne' and Pennisetum 'Hameln' 

Snakeroot (Eupatorium 'Chocolate'), Aralia 'Sun King' and hydrangea
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Catawba')

Japanese Blood Grass ( Imperata cylindrica)

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. So much beauty. Best ever pictures of fall color I've seen this season, maybe ever. You must collect these trees that show color?

    1. Jane, fall color is a chief factor in selecting a tree for me.

  2. Your fall color is spectacular. What a beautiful sight to come home to.
    I did cringe a little when I saw the Burning Bush. It has become an invasive in our area. It pops up in the woods and along roadsides here. Scary.


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