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Autumn Landscape Tips

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

With the worst of summer heat behind us and lovely fall planting weather ahead, now is the perfect time to consider planting native trees and shrubs for birds and other wildlife to enjoy!

As we’ve been finding here in the gardens at Fearrington, so many of our favorite natives offer not only sustenance for wildlife, but also add dazzling fall color and bright winter berries to the landscape. There are plants for every garden need available from local growers and nurseries too – ranging in size and form from Fothergillas and Sumacs, to Persimmons, deciduous Hollies, and Sourwoods.

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

All are beautiful, and most offer the added benefit of being well-adapted to the variable Piedmont weather conditions. So if you’re looking for a small tree with spectacular orange fall foliage and a shapely, graceful habit, why not walk past the Japanese maples – lovely as they are – and consider our native Sassafras, whose leaves plays host to Spicebush and Swallowtail butterfly larvae? If it’s bright berries you’re longing to see in your landscape, try adding an American Beautyberry, with eye-catching purple fruit clustered along its arching stems to feed a variety of birds.

This fall, there are more natives available for homeowners than ever before, and it’s the perfect time to get planting!

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Q&A with JoAnn Doxakis

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Daniella Lehavi Boots

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