by Donna Seeley
Oct 10, 2011 | 3341 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I was sorry to miss the dedication of the new Bill and Louisa Wiener Therapy Garden. Thanks to them, and to Roger Lavender for constructing it. I expect to be one of them out there enjoying it one day.

Many times I've written that when you feel like screaming, go outside and sit in your garden. It's good for what ails you.

I've been doing a little reading about how to get fall color in your yard, or better yet, plants that also have flowers in the spring.

Arrow wood viburnum seems to be the No. 1 favorite. With reds and golds in the fall, and white flowers in the spring, Autumn Jazz is about 8 to 10-feet tall and has a graceful vase shape.

Sumac is a very good choice, and though it grows like weeds in the country ditches, I'm not certain it is the same we would find in the nursery. Many people won't use it because they are afraid they'll get ahold of poisonous sumac. The article says that is not probable unless you dig it out of a swamp.

Oakleaf hydrangea is one I love. It has large, cone-shaped flowers in the summer and the leaves turn dark red in the fall.

Unlike other shrubs, it does well in partial shade. Common red barberry works in well with fall colors, also.

I've never had Virginia creeper, a vine that gets very red. Many confuse it with poisonous vines. Every year I go to a couple of places I know of to cut bittersweet vine. It once was easy to find, but no more. It is so pretty used in an indoor arrangement with a pumpkin and gourds.

My mom and I always went after a hard frost, which caused the red berries to open and show the orange berries inside.

I seldom see bluebirds, my favorite. One year, in January, I threw my bittersweet vines outside across our deck railing. Shortly later, I looked out and saw something blue flitting around. Sure enough, six bluebirds were enjoying the berries. That was such an unexpected surprise, and the next day there were two, cleaning up the crumbs.

It doesn't take much to excite me.

Burning bush is not a favorite because it is invasive and slow growing, they say. Not at my house; it gets too tall quickly. Though I have seen some pretty red ones, my own is never very red. It needs more sun, I imagine. Rudy Haag is the top of the line, at 3-feet it is easily maintained.

Kousa dogwood is an under story tree and turns pretty colors, and fothergilla is recommended, and although I see the name a lot, I don't know the shrub.

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