Garden in the Fall

 Fall Garden in Zone 5

A garden during Fall time to me really sends me good vibes and warm feelings. The reds, pinks and oranges show me how I did as a gardener too. I don't know if other gardeners do this but each season I evaluate my beds and see where I can make improvements on color, texture and seasonal interest.


That way, each season, it almost looks like I have a different garden. Above you saw my wooden toolbox I picked up from an antique store several years ago. I had Greg make me a metal insert, so I could plant it up. I was too busy to pay attention to it this past summer so this Fall when things eased up for me and family obligations, I treated myself to quite a few pansy flats and just got to work.

Fall Garden in Zone 5

I think every year we all say the exact same thing.

It's been a weird year. Am I right? This year some of my hydrangeas pinked up nicely and some went right to brown. But my birch trees are serving me well. They are coloring up so sweetly, I want to enjoy it as long as possible. But part me of wants the leaves to fall off now too, because I have christmas lights I want to put on them. Yes Virginia I bought MORE christmas lights and have plans.

Fall Garden in Zone 5


Garden in the Fall

I have usually acquired some evergreens on clearance this time of year but it seems like the garden centers have slowed down a lot. Maybe more people have been shopping and clearing them out early?

So this year I will have to use faux in my pots. 

Right now I am deep in auger mode, putting about 500 bulbs in the ground. 250 in the front, and another 250 in the back. I scored pretty good at Costco and did the math. It was cheaper to buy my bulbs there then online anywhere else. The trick is just buy buy buy because they won't be there long.

Especially if you live in my area. ­čśĆ

Garden in the Fall

Above you can see, I think something is eating my pansies I planted here or they are not liking the warm afternoons. But the 4 peach colored At Last Roses were amazing. I strongly recommend buying these next year. I planted 2 in August, by the patio. I could smell them from 2 feet away when the wind was not blowing. And when it was, it blew the amazing scent right where we were sitting.  I may buy more next Spring and plant them by bedroom windows too.

Garden in the Fall


Garden in the Fall

The sedums this year had good color, but because of 27 degree nights, it left as quick as it came. They are kind of hard to see but maybe you can make out there deep burgundy to the right of the planter. Below, I needed a pop of yellow next to my pink David Austin roses, so i bought Kniphofia, the yellow ones and absolutely love them! I am sorry I missed getting the little yellow spikes, they were there yesterday. Things are going quick around here because of frost.

Garden in the Fall


Garden in the Fall

This bed will need a bit of a revamp next year. I have creeping charlie coming in underneath the fence. It is a huge problem, so I am going to have to come up with a solution. What a pain!

Garden in the Fall


Garden in the Fall


Garden in the Fall
Greg has been on a ladder a lot this Fall. I asked him to repaint and caulk the windows. Boy did they need it!

Garden in the Fall

We have another dog that enjoys sitting in the sun and this one likes to chew.

On corn, rocks, dirt clods, sticks. You name it. She is fun to watch. I dug up the old corn stalks and made a pile to put in the burn pile, she took one out every day to run around the yard with and chew. I have corn leaves and pieces of stalk strewn all over.

She is going on 7 months old and is already giving the squirrels and bunnies a run for their money. She is fast, and has almost caught a couple of them because theses critters got cocky with Blitz. He had strength and power but not speed.

She is a flippin cheetah. One squirrel was only saved because Sasha can't climb trees.

Garden in the Fall

The white Gomphrena I grew from seed did great all summer and Fall has colored up to a creamy color.

I may grow that again next year.

Garden in the Fall


Garden in the Fall

I got a nice shot of the two steel wheels this year. It's one of my favorites. The plumbago below it really thrived this year and gave me lots of gorgeous fall color!

Garden in the Fall

I hope you enjoyed this garden tour and have great day!


Christine @ Rustic and Refined



1 comment

Rita C at Panoply said...

Christine, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and how you're planting for all the seasonal interest. Although I know now is the time to plant my bulbs, it just didn't happen. I did get pansies in, and went to my daughter's and took a few of the passalong irises I had given her a few years ago and planted them. I will try to get a post up soon of the overhaul I did to our landscape. There is plenty of space to work with. I'll start next spring and see how things looks that I left in the ground (not much). Sasha is beautiful. I'm sure you will start being given 'gifts' as she catches the varmints. I bet it was a rabbit that ate your pansies. Enjoy the sleep time your garden allows you....