planting,” he says, “it’s a quieter, more peaceful time.” So he invested
plenty of thought and planning into making a fabulous fall garden.
His campaign wasn’t always easy. Nurseries are hesitant to go big
into autumn performers that hit their prime right when the market is
gearing down. So finding specimens that met his high standards (the
usual suspects such as mums are mere accents to his more connois-seur-quality plantings) was a challenge.
For Rouse, the autumn garden is a high note in a 12-month serenade. Most of its highlights have filled lesser roles in earlier acts.
Take, for example, the blueberry bushes that flush out in spring with
white flowers, move into berries in summer, and follow with a blaze of
bright orange foliage when fall rolls around. The same could be said
for the buddleias, salvias, gomphrenas, and Sanguisorba canadensis. If
the weather cooperates (meaning, if frost hasn’t struck), the tropical
begonias, plumbagos, bananas, and other tender plants remain outdoors and on stage. Meanwhile, Montauk daisies, boltonia, and flow-
much appreciated for its spring blossoms, Rhododendron schlippenbachii
(above) also offers vibrant autumn foliage. Its orange hue is reflected in the
heuchera in front of the aviary where Australian parakeets spend the
summer. The sapphire flowers of browallia (left) complement the rust tones
of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and the lacy orange foliage of Amsonia hubrichtii.