October mornings often dawn with the double bands of mist above the river that I find so beautiful. The bed I call the Oudolf is festooned with white plumes of Calamagrostis brachytricha, Korean feather reed grass.
At the back of the house, the herb bed is quietly dying back and setting seed, while the pots on the gravel “patio” are still bursting with colour.
The woodland garden is mostly planted in hostas, which have already collapsed for the season, and the white lacecap hydrangea is about to follow suit.
As the front bed becomes more muted every day, the Douglas maple tree on the east side of the house is preparing to steal the show.
Sedum “Autumn Joy” and feather reed grass add some pinks to the autumn yellows and reds.
Red osier dogwoods (Cornus stolonifera) frame the little cabin.
Grasses and Matronas dominate the Oudolf at this time of year.
In the Oudolf’s west end, another Douglas maple makes a bright backdrop for Joe Pye Weed, native asters, and sneeze holly.
A closer look.
Looking through a screen of birches, black-eyed Susans, Sedum “Matrona,” feather reed grass, and blue spheres of Echinops ritro toward the Seven Sisters.
Dark seedheads of Verbascum nigrum, bronze plumes of Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie), Monarda didyma “Raspberry Wine” with only a few petals left on each head, and blond Karl Foerster grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora). I wasn’t sold on Queen of the Prairie when she bloomed cotton-candy pink in the summer, but I love her fall colour, so she gets to stay.
A living Amish quilt: Sunshine and Shadow.
Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) and Echinops ritro (globe thistle).
Looking at the Oudolf through spires of Agastache “Blue Fortune” (hyssop).
Ever since April was a kitten, when she spots me photographing the garden, she follows me around and tries to get into the shot. Here she is trying to look nonchalant against a backdrop of dwarf Munstead lavender and coreopsis.
Late afternoon sun lighting up feather reed grass in the A bed.
Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm” (black-eyed Susans)
It’s the first year this arrowleaf viburnum has produced berries. Its fall colour is excellent this year, too. I credit the drought.
Three beds at the top of the driveway: the garden shed bed, the A bed behind it, and the Oudolf at the back.
A private spot for spinning dreams of next year’s garden.