WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

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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plants and a great choice as their fall foliage turns intense shades of red, yellow, and orange. The dwarf form, Fothergilla gardenii, reaches about six feet high and wide, while its larger cousin, Fothergilla major gets to ten feet; Virginia sweet spire, Itea virginica, is another wonderful choice offering an autumn palette of purple, orange, red, and yellow. Any of these will thrive in sun or shade and pro- duce scented flowers in the spring, providing another season of interest. The Franklin tree, Franklinia alatama, which also can be a shrub, is a native with an open airy habit up to 20 feet and half as wide. It blooms in late summer then almost imme- diately the foliage turns fiery red and orange and is long lasting. For native perennials the echinaceas, which begin blooming late summer, will continue until frost. There are many new cul- tivars in luscious colors to set your fall gar- den ablaze. Look for 'Hot Papaya,' Sombrero 'Salsa Red,' or the golden yellow Sombrero 'Sandy Yellow.' If you haven't a permanent spot, any of these would be temporarily con- tent in a container and then planted before season's end. Don't throw in your trowel quite yet. Get out and dig the fall! 21 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e 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.

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