Fallscaping: Extending your garden season into autumn by Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen, Storey Publishing, 240 pages, softcover, $25.95.
By the time September arrives, I’m engrossed in bulb, plant and seed catalogues, plotting next year’s garden. But Fallscaping makes a strong argument to lift my head and pay more attention to autumn’s vast visual possibilities (besides golden maple leaves and token pots of mums) and its tremendous gardening potential (an ideal time to divide, plant, rejuvenate beds and gather seeds).
The book’s plant portraits and step-by-step photos are useful, while the photos and illustrations of plant combinations are truly inspirational. The accompanying detailed captions and key line drawings, illustrated plans and shopping lists will help any gardener recreate similar vignettes. According to the enthusiastic authors, fall is not the time to reflect on the glories of spring and summer, or mourn the arrival of winter: it’s the time to rejoice in the season. Thanks to this useful book, I’ve seen the light and realize there’s more to do now than wait for next spring.