Fall is such a beautiful time of year. I recently tried to book an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast, only to find that nearly every room in the region is booked through October. Ahh, our love for the changing colors is quite evident!
So, we can’t get away this year, but I do have a couple of lovely Maples and a scorching Burning bush in my yard. While those are spectacular, there are some other notable shrubs to Fall for!
A new zone 5 Viburnum that’s worth a look see is called ‘Brandywine’ from Proven Winners. The green berries turn vivid shades of pink and blue while the glossy leaves leaves become a dark maroon-red. It grows to 6 feet tall and prefers full sun.
If you’re adventurous enough to try another zone 5 plant and have a moist site, then consider the Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’. This shrub is normally rather large but ‘Little Henry’ grows to only 3 feet tall, has abundant lightly scented unusual white flowers that remind me of sparklers in the summer and foliage that turns firey in the Fall. I’ll have pictures on Garden Bite dot com.
Another Fall beauty is either loved or hated. Virginia Creeper - maligned or marveled over - it’s foliage is definitely a statement. The vine is a, shall we say, "vigorous" grower, hardy to zone 3 and salt tolerant. Don’t let the unnamed native cultivar grow on your specimen trees. It will climb them, casting shade on their leaves, depriving them of needed sunlight. However, this is stunning growing on old homes and arbors! It also tolerates shade. It also can be mistaken for poison ivy! The difference is that Virginia Creeper has 5 leaflets while poison ivy has 3 and IT gives you a rash, the creeper won’t. I’ll have this on my website Garden Bite.