My garden | 11.05.11

Our slow, unfolding autumn continues here at Cherry Creek, as the hue of the garden slides away from summer brightness toward the earthiness of fall and winter. A few summer tropicals growing near the house foundation seem to shrug off the near-freezing nighttime temperatures, but most of the tender plants without the benefit of microclimates have given up the fight for survival. Each day, new color emerges in the trees, shrubs and perennials. Occasional dabs of blue and purple highlight a highly-textured palette of brown, maroon, gold and orange throughout the landscape.

I took an early-morning walk around the house, soon after the sun rose above the neighborhood roof lines to the East. A warm light gilded the garden, drawing an ethereal halo around many plants, sharpening the color in others. Please enjoy those that politely asked me to capture their beauty on this morning’s walk through my garden.


Cornus sericea


Monarda ‘Marshall’s Delight’


Syringa vulgaris


Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’


Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’


Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’


Acer rubrum


Rosa Double Knockout Red


Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’


Gomphrena Buddy Purple


Angelonia Serena Blue


Ceratostigma plumbaginoides


Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantisima’


Liquidambar styraciflua


Euonymous alatus


Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’


Gomphrena Buddy Purple


Mandevilla Sun Parasol Crimson


Liquidambar styraciflua and Quercus rubra

Published by Christopher Tidrick

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