WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 every season has a par- ticular palette of color, starting with the greens of spring, a rainbow of colors in summer, and fall's warmer tones. The brilliant reds and oranges of fall are striking but it is the golden yellows that lead the parade, and offset all the vibrant shades to produce autumn's particularly pleasing landscape. Now that annuals and many perenni- als are waning, which plants will provide interest in beds, borders, and other areas in the garden? Large gardens have the space for an autumnal bed or border but a smaller garden cannot sacrifice space for just one season's worth of interest. By choosing plants carefully and looking for those with more than one season of interest, you can maintain seasonal appeal. Autumnal yellows are warm and mellow, not screaming "look at me." For example, crabapples probably bring to mind small red fruits, but there are cultivars that give golden yellow fruits. For the larger garden, Malus 'Golden Raindrops' produces an abundance of tiny yellow fruits adorning an upright vase-shaped tree. In smaller spaces, there are a couple of choices: one is the diminutive 'Lollipop' with slightly larger yellow fruits enhancing its round, compact habit. Its uniform shape makes it quite suitable for courtyards or patios. If you want a different look, try 'Louisa,' a weeping form with dangling yellow fruits more broad than tall. These crabapples provide more than one season of interest with a profusion of flowers in spring and a bounty of shiny yellow baubles in the fall. And of course there is Hammaelis virginiana (witch hazel) L I A N E M / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery Gold Standard R U T H F U R M A N writer the green scene

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