As the gardening season begins to wind down, your garden does not have to take a break from color and texture.
Consider plants that have several season interest. For example, crabapples. They have lovely fragrant flowers in spring, followed by crabapples. As the season goes on and leaves begin to fall, the texture of the bark becomes noticeable. The crabapples provide food for squirrels and birds and look marvelous silhouetted against the deep blue sky.
Seed pods are another attractive feature during fall. Clematis has interesting seed pods as do purple coneflower.
If you have the space and a structure for vines to climb on, American bittersweet has outstanding orange berries. Be sure the variety you choose is an American bittersweet, rather than the Oriental varieties which can become unruly.
Some annuals are grown specifically for autumn interest. These include kale and ornamental cabbage. Selections include white and green and a fabulous purple. These colors will deepen as fall continues.
Ornamental grasses sway in the breeze, adding movement to the garden.
For some spectacular gardens any time of the year, be sure to visit Allen Centennial Gardens and get inspiration. Their website is http://www.allencentennialgardens.org.