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Q:

I would like to incorporate some plants with fall interest in my garden. What do you recommend?

A:

In addition to the wonderful late-flowering perennials such as chrysanthemums or asters, certain trees and shrubs really offer intense fall color. For brilliant reds, red-oranges and purples choose: maples, sweetgums and dogwoods. For clear yellows choose: birches, ginkgoes, and clethra.

You might also want to choose plants with a persistent berry display including: winterberry hollies, bayberries, and many species of viburnum. Other great choices for fall interest include ornamental grasses such as: Japanese blood grass, miscananthus, and red switchgrass.

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