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Gardening for fall color can be as
simple as planting the ri01 tree and shrub.
ome of nature's most wonderful sights can be
noted in autumn. For the gardener wise enough
to plan ahead, it will no longer be necessary to
drive up north to enjoy autumn pleasures. You
can enjoy them right in your own yard.
A few trees and shrubs with flaming foliage in your
landscape are a good start. In addition it's a great time to
think about beauties that boast colorful fruits, berries or
apples. Some stunning flowers even bloom late in the
Since too much colorful foliage in a yard can distract,
sometimes just one tree against a stone, brick or frame
house can stage a whole show all its own. It's amazing
though how Mother Nature chooses the perfect color
Watch and see what nature does and identify the speci-
mens. Then march to your favorite garden center or nurs-
ery for some advice to find out which trees and shrubs
will do well in your setting.
If you're struck by a particularly colorful landscape corn-
bination while driving down some street, stop. Park your
car and pay that particular gardener a visit. Don't be bash-
ful about going up and knocking on the door. Most people
love to share their green-thumb know-how. Be sure to get
specific names of trees, shrubs and plants. Write them
down so you won't forget.
In Michigan, glorious maples contribute so much of the
color in natural settings and yards. While driving along
highways in early fall, one sees tall flashes of scarlet
along the roadsides, the delightful red maple (Acer
rubrum). Often there's a matching undercoating below of
shrubby red sumacs.
Nurseries sell special name varieties of red maples
because they offer exceptional shadings. Consider, for
instance, "Autumn Flame" and "Red Sunset" with bright
red leaf color. If you prefer orange, you might want to go
with "October Glory". A red maple in captivity (that's been
transplanted) will probably reach about 70 feet in height.
Later, the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) bursts forth
with burnished hues of yellow and orange against black
TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUNE HICKS
STYLE • FALL 1992