Garden Design

My name is Renee Minirth. This is fall in my garden. In Memphis, fall lasts into December. Sometimes it’s hard to find good fall color in Southern gardens, but I’ve made it a special project for myself these past couple of years. Japanese maples as well as heat-tolerant conifers supply lots of colors.

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zone 5 – 9) and conifersView of the garden in fall, with plenty of Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and conifers helping provide structure and color as fall turns into winter

Japanese anemonesJapanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis ‘Pamina’, Zones 5–8) provide a brilliant flowery counterpart to the fall foliage color.

Bloodgood Japanese maple‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Zones 5–9) puts on a fall display that is brilliant and reliable even in climates that don’t typically have great fall color.

Acer japonicum, ‘Tamukeyama’, diamond loropetalum, Loropetalum, blue point juniper Two more maples, Acer japonicum ‘Meigetsu’ (Zones 5–7) with orange leaves, and A. palmatum ‘Tamukeyama’ (Zones 5–9) with red leaves here are backed up by other shrubs including purple diamond loropetalum (Loropetalum ‘Purple Diamond’, Zones 7–10) and ‘Blue Point’ juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’, Zones 4–8).

Fall Japanese maple foliage Fall Japanese maple foliage can be just as beautiful after it drops to the ground as it is on the tree.

fallen Japanese maple leaves with Heuchera ‘Wild Berry’A magical combination: fallen Japanese maple leaves with Heuchera ‘Wild Berry’ (Zones 4–8)

Wide view of the garden in fall.Wide view of the garden in fall

Horstmann blue atlas cedar ‘Hortsmann’ blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Hortsmann’, Zones 6–9) makes a beautiful silver-blue contrast to the shrubs around it.

beautiful gardenOne last view of this beautiful garden.

If you want to see more of Renee’s garden, check out her Instagram.

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