Of course, what you see in these articles are just moments in the life of the gardens. The plants change continuously throughout the seasons.
That seemed especially true in this season. In September I posted an article saying that trees were starting to change color in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region. All through October, I kept checking in with Tom Homme to see when his Niagara County landscape would be ready for photographs.
We chose a day in the first week of November that looked promising. We’d had a frost, but when I got to their house, the yard still looked more like September than November.
“This should all be done by now,” Homme said, looking at green leaves firmly attached to trees and shrubs.
I went back the next week when it wasn’t raining or snowing and was able to catch the leaves as they were beginning to turn color.
“It changes day by day, even hours!” Homme said.
If I had waited one more day, I would have captured the garden at its peak, he said, but a day later, the leaves were falling fast. Now many of the leaves are gone.
“Every year is different,” he said. “You never know.”
If you want a great garden in autumn, what should you plant?
Mainly trees and shrubs with colorful leaves, Homme said. Evergreens of different sizes and shapes also add interest.