AUTUMN
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Biggest Autumn Thrill
Biggest Autumn Thrill

The shock of bicolor Cochicum 'Zephyr' is fabulous among the browning leaves of autumn. This one from the great Odyssey Bulbs.

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Seed Pod of Tree Peony
Seed Pod of Tree Peony

I know one should sever the seed heads from all peonies, but I leave some on the oldest branches of my tree peonies because they are so beautiful and black

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BEAUTYBERRY - aptly named
BEAUTYBERRY - aptly named

Callicarpa Dichotoma 'Winterthur' indispensable and irresistible September bloomer PLUS great for the birds

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CIRCULAR SHAPES
CIRCULAR SHAPES

Clockwise from top left: Petasites, snowball pruned dwarf hinoki cypress, and beloved black-stemmed maidenhair fern, I love the geometry of these circular shapes and the rhythm they impart

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Acer japonica
Acer japonica

The huge hand-like leaves of this Japanese maple are like no others – and its graceful character cannot be overstated - it is fabulous. The WOW autumn color follows in another photo.

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Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa

First seen by me at Barnsley House in the Cotswolds, I had to track down this dogwood that grows in tiers. Found it at ForestFarm of course. It has grown quickly and elegantly. The leaves become whiter as the summer progresses.

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Acer japonicum
Acer japonicum

This is the fabulous fall coloring that I mentioned already ...looks particularly good around the buddha head

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Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium

The surprise of the upright flowers in September are thrilling, but it's the marbled leaves that then develop and stay through the winter – even a bitter one — that make this plant worth cultivating (not so easy).

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Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum

Just one of the amazing Japanese maples whose leaves turn bright red for autumn. Another is Sango Kaku ---its green leaves turn yellow in autumn, but once the branches are bare the bark turns a stupefying bright red that looks especially gorgeous when it snows. (Snow pic coming up)

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SIgn-up here for Dirtier; Dianne's Every-so-often Garden Memoir.