Autumn Garden Wedding (Plantings to add color and texture)
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Creating a beautiful fall garden is as easy as filling decorative containers with fall blooming plants and placing them around the garden.
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While standing in the middle of a local plant nursery, it hits you, you know little to nothing about plants. You have spent months planning the perfect garden wedding. Your day, the day you've dreamed of since childhood is getting closer, but the garden does not yet have the ‘look' you dreamed it would.
Everything else is in place. The one thing left to do is choose plants that will give the best color for your fall wedding. Which plants? There are so many to choose from.
Hopefully, you have planned far enough in advance so that you can plant them in the ground, giving them plenty of time to settle into their new home. If you do not have time for that or if your ceremony will be held on property that does not belong to you, choose plants that will live in pots.
The variety of decorative urns, pots, pedestals and hanging baskets are endless. You are certain to find something that will work with the tone of your wedding. Using something as simple as a plastic five gallon bucket turned upside down, covered with pretty fabric and wrapped in a ribbon. Perhaps, use two buckets, a smaller one on top of the five gallon bucket to make it taller and set a potted plant on top. No one will ever know that your pretty pedestal is a cheap bucket wrapped in beautiful fabric. Use your imagination. For inspiration, take a walk around the barn or a junk store in your area.
Setting potted plants on rocks around the garden will also work. If there are no rocks in your garden, they are easily created. Yes, you can build a rock that is perfectly sized for the area you will set it in. Many knowledgeable people can be found in the Hypertufa and Cement forum at Dave's Garden.
Below is a sampling of plants that climb, spread, hang and mound. Plants listed have lovely blooms or foliage color in the fall. A few plants have both, colorful blooms and interesting foliage.
Japanese Climbing Hydrangea Schizophragma hydrangeoides Zone 4-8 Height: 20-30 ft. Bloom: White/Near White
Variegated Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia Zones 4-9 Height: 6-8 ft. Bloom: Red Foliage
Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens Zones 4-9 Height: 12-18 in. Bloom: Blue
Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora Zones 4-9 Height: 4-6 ft. Seed heads turn a golden color in the fall. Grass has a pink hue and is ‘wispy' in appearance.
Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen' Zone 5-9 Height: 4-8 ft Bloom: Changes from pink to white.
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden member, 'Ally_UT'
Left: Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens
Right: Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis ...........................................................................'Puenktchen'
Photo courtesy of Dave'sGarden member, 'kathys999'
Autumn Crocus Colchicum speciosum Zones 4-9 Height: 6-12 in Bloom: Pale Pink, White/Near White (Bulb)
Black Snakeroot Cimicifuga ramosa 'Pink Spike' Zones 4-8 Height:4-8 ft Bloom: Pale Pink
False Aster Boltonia asteroides Zones 3-9 Height: 36-48 in. Bloom: White/Near White
Frickart's Aster Aster x frikartii Zones 5-8 Height:24-36 in. Bloom: Violet/Lavender
Helmet Flower Aconite napellus Zones 3-7 Height: 24-48 in. Bloom: Dark Blue, Blue-Violet, Lavender
Heath Aster Aster ericoides Zones 3-9 Height:18-24 in Bloom: Violet/Lavender, White/Near White
Italian Aster Aster amellus 'Violet Queen' Zones 4-7 Height: 24-36 in. Bloom: Violet, Lavender
Japanese Anemone Anemone x hybrida Zones 5-8 Height: 36-48 in. Bloom: Magenta, Pink-Purple
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Zones 2-8 Height: 36-48 in. Bloom: Pink, Purple, White/Near White
Lyon's Turtlehead Chelone lyonii Zones 3-9 Height:24-36 in. Bloom: Pink
New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Zones 3-8 Height: 36-48 in. Bloom: Blue-Violet
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Zones 4-9 Height:24-36 in. Bloom: Blue-Violet
Showy Stonecrop Sedum spectabile Zones 4-9 Height: 18-24in. Bloom: Pink, Red
Tree Mallow Lavatera thuringiaca 'Barnsley Baby' Zones 5-9 Height: 24-36 in. Bloom: Pale Pink, Pink Rose, Mauve
Variegated Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata 'Frosted Elegance' Zones 3-8 Height: 24-36 in. Bloom: Pale Pink, Rose-Mauve
Verbena Verbena x hybrida 'Peaches & Cream' - Zones-Annual Height: 6-12 in. Bloom: Pink, Coral, Apricot, Orange, Cream-Tan
White Mugwort Artemisia lactiflora 'Guizhou' Zones 3-8 Height: 4ft. Bloom: White/Near White, Cream/Tan
Wild Sunflower Elecampane Inula helenium Zones 5-8 Height: 4-6 ft. Bloom: Bright Yellow
Yellow Wax Bells Kirengeshoma palmata Zones 5-8 Height: 24-48 in. Bloom: Pale Yellow
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden member, 'sanannie'
Fall is a beautiful season for a wedding. If you are lucky enough to already have a garden full of great fall-blooming plants with colorful foliage, count your blessings. If not, it will be easy to create the illusion of a gorgeous landscaped garden with the right placement of pots sitting on decorative pedestals of varied heights. Urns can be purchased at discount stores for little money and can be spray painted to fit into your color scheme. Copper looks nice in the fall garden.
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden member, 'hczone6'
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden member,
Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden member, 'designart'
Research for this plant list was done entirely in the PlantFiles at Dave's Garden and also by speaking with gardeners that have grown these plants in their own gardens. Japanese Climbing Hydrangea photo by Dave's Garden member 'growin'
Thumbnail photo courtesy of Kevin Rosseel and can be found at Morgue File , along with many more of his wonderful photo's.
About Jacqueline Cross
I'm a native Floridian...feet planted in the shifting sands of northwest FL. but my heart strings are tightly knotted to the hills of Tennessee.
I live with my poodle, Minnie Pearl, Zsa Zsa the cat who runs the whole show and a new addition, Kitty Belle.
I'm a writer, gardener, quilter, cross stitcher, soapmaker and nature lover. Mother to 3 wonderful daughters & Nana to 6 perfect grandchildren.
I also write for Suite101.com and was promoted to Feature Writer in the vegetable gardens section in 2008.