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Vines and Groundcovers for Fall Interest

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your fall garden with groundcovers and vines.

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vines and groundcoversThe fragrant white flowers of sweet autumn clematis fill the air and this vigorous vine quickly covers arbors and trellises, providing a colorful screen or backdrop for other plants.

Hostas fanciful leaves turn a lovely yellow in fall that echoes the yellow fall color of ginkgo, witchhazel, willows, birches, and many other trees and shrubs.

The flowers of fall blooming sedums like Autumn Joy and the fall color of others like the bronzy-gold of orange stonecrop add a blast of color to the garden.

The subtle reddening of Epimedium (barrenwort) and transformation from green to red on Bergenia add a splash of color to the ground layer of the landscape.

And bring a bit of fall indoors by harvesting the seedpods of our native bittersweet. You’ll need at least one male for every five female plants for these aggressive plants to develop their colorful display.

A bit more information: Evergreen groundcovers can help brighten the often brown and gray winter landscape. European ginger, creeping phlox, candytuft (Iberis), creeping junipers, creeping mahonia, and many ferns are just a few to consider. Make sure the groundcover you select will tolerate your growing conditions.

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Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winter Protection for Evergreens

Make this the fall you protect your evergreens before winter winds and snowloads cause your arborvitae to split and rhododendrons to wither.

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