Planning Late-Season Gardens
If you need some inspiration for planning a garden that goes full-steam from fall through early winter, get some help from Autumn Gardens, by Ethne Clarke (Soma Books, 1999; $35). It's full of spectacular color photos, and provides suggestions for a wealth of combinations of foliage, flowers, grasses, berries, and bark that keep the color coming right into winter.
Favorite or New Plant
Just when other flowering perennials are winding down, the Japanese anemone comes into full glory, producing delicate flowers on branching stems held high above clumps of deep green foliage. Definitely an easy-care addition to any sunny bed, Japanese anemone begins as an attractive clump of evergreen foliage, and as summer progresses it produces 3- to 4-foot-tall stems topped with silvery, furred buds. Each bud opens to reveal pink or white petals surrounding a little green button. It's such a lovely plant that every garden should have one!