I’m Bonnie Phipps Moninger from Boulder, Colorado, and these photos were taken in November 2021. I’ve been gardening since 2006 in Boulder and had never seen our fall colors so beautiful in our garden (Zones 4–5), and it lasted way into November.

The Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) turned such a beautiful copper and were accentuated by the bronze of the ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea heads (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Annabelle’, Zones 3–9) and the dark maroon of the PJM rhododendrons (Zones 4–8). The scene took my breath away. This was the first year I planted rhododendrons, which are hard to grow in Colorado, and I was thrilled to see the fall color of their leaves.

view of garden with bright red foliage in frontThis is a different perspective of the same area and includes Magic Carpet spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Walbuma’, Zones 4–8) in the mix.

bright foliage and lots of conifers in the gardenThe spireas pop among the red of the dwarf smokebush (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 4–8), the greens of the boxwoods and Geum (Zones 4–9), the yellow of the Itoh peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 4–9), and the dwarf globe blue spruce (Picea pungens, Zones 2–8). The pyramid shrub is ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood (Buxus ‘Green Mountain’, Zones 5–8).

blue conifer surrounded by plants with fall foliageAnother perspective of this area shows spireas in the foreground, plus the dwarf blue spruce and Hicks yews (Taxus × media ‘Hicksii’, Zones 4–8) behind.

close up of conifers and fall foliage plantsThis tapestry includes Mesa Verde spreading spruce (Picea pungens, Zones 3–8), blue avena grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens, Zones 4–9), redleaf barberry (Berberis thunbergii, Zones 4–8), and Carol Mackie daphne (Daphne × burkwoodii, Zones 5–8) among some other usuals.

garden path cutting through two garden bedsSpireas pop all around the garden and match the color of our circular art piece.

ornamental grass plumes in front of red foliageThe variegated feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Overdam’, Zones 5–11) looks striking against the orange rocket barberry. A weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies, Zones 3–8) is in the background.

bright orange flower surrounded by fallen leavesAn African daisy (Gazania, annual) pops out of the fall foliage.


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