Ah, October. Without a doubt my favorite time of the year, when the mornings are cool and crisp but not yet cold…perfect for apple picking in the Shenandoah Valley, passing through rustic small towns, sipping hot cider. And, of course, getting some fall planting done, with a mind towards fall color in the garden, one last “hurrah” from nature before many shrubs and trees go to sleep for the winter.
I’ve put together a little slideshow featuring my top picks for plants that will light up the garden in shades of yellow, orange, and red. They are all native to the eastern U.S. and are easy to grow, and most of them are beneficial for wildlife as well. As long as temperatures stay above freezing, you can continue to plant.