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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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 22 the green scene warm golden tones in the autumn, lighting up a dark space. Another woodland native with bright gold foliage is the autumn or common witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, considered a shrub as it is multi- stemmed, but it reaches a tree-like height of 30 feet. As a bonus, it blooms in October with clear yellow flowers. A much underused shrub that will also provide golden hues in the fall is the Chinese winter hazel, Corylopsis spicata. In the herbaceous category there are golden yellow beauties that can be tucked into areas for a splash of autumn color. Chrysanthemum rubellum 'Mary Stoker' has buttery yellow flowers that become peachy with maturity, and its upright habit means it won't flop. This beauty isn't easy to find in garden centers but it's well worth searching out elsewhere. One of my favorite perennials and a native to New England is Amsonia hubrichtii, blue star. Its narrow foliage and mounding form create a lovely golden ball that glows in the landscape. And then there is goldenrod, often ignored as it is thought to aggravate hay fever, but the cultivated autumn goldenrod, Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece,' will literally cover the ground with its gold flowers. Go for gold this fall! always crabapple jelly; but if it's not your fancy, let the birds enjoy the fruit. Most people do not think of flowering cherry trees in the fall, but many provide golden yellow foliage, such as the small graceful weeper, Prunus x 'Snow Fountains,' which attains a 12-foot height. With a cas- cading habit and gold-toned fall foliage, it will shine. For larger spaces the Yoshino cherry, P x yeodensis, famous for its pink blossoms in spring, is a big yellow ball in the fall, as is the Okame cherry with yellow fall foliage tinged with a hint of orange. If a tree isn't in your plans then certainly a shrub might be right and what better shrub to brighten the fall border than our native sweet pepperbush, Clethra alnifolia, also called "summersweet" for its heavily perfumed flowers. It does well in light shade and rewards us with RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. S I N E L Y O V / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M "bright gold foliage" Goldenrod

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