Fall in a Boston Backyard

Fall in a Boston Garden

Today we visit Barbara Cain’s beautiful garden on the south coast of Boston. We have visited her garden before so you can see what it looks like in spring and midsummer.

Here are photos of the garden fading into its fall colors.

Somewhere between a large shrub and a small tree, the Harlequin Glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum, zones 7-10) produces fragrant white flowers in summer, followed by these breathtakingly colorful fruits. When the leaves are crushed, they have an unusual odor that gives this plant its other common name, “peanut butter tree”.

Frog in the waterFrogs, toads, and other amphibians are known to be sensitive to chemical pollution. Not only do they welcome garden visitors because of their habit of devouring snails and other pests, but they are also a sign that the garden is a welcome habitat for wildlife.

Chocolate EupatoriumThe chocolate eupatorium (Ageratinua altissima ‘Chocolate’, zones 4–8) has dark purple foliage all summer and explodes into fluffy white flowers at the end of the season.

Salvia Wendy's wishThe spectacular hybrid salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ (zones 9-11 or annual) is full of flowers that are loved by hummingbirds.

pink dahliasDahlias (Dahlia variabilis, zones 8-10 or as tender bulbs) can bloom for most of the summer, but always seem to peak at the end.

great verbenaThe tiny flowers of the great verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7-11 or annual) are produced in large quantities throughout the summer, and even if they can’t survive the winter, they tend to self-sow and come back a year later Year.

Deer horn sumachDeer horn sumach (Rhus typhina, zones 3–8) changes to autumn colors.

LantanaLantana (Lantana camara, zones 8-11, but the winter hardiness varies depending on the variety; often grown as an annual), laden with flowers, is always a hit with butterflies and other pollinators.

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