Working Autumn’s Full Glory into the Landscape

Most gardens typically suffer from the late-summer doldrums, but September usually ushers in a new lease on life. Early fall is an ideal time to plant varieties that will add lasting interest and take your gardens well past the first deep frost. East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve, which is open through October 10, is a case in point. “We’ve got a great spread of fall color,” says Alex Feleppa, who is celebrating his first anniversary as the popular garden’s horticulturalist. In addition to berries, bark, and fall flowers that provide wonderful texture and a riot of different hues, “we have a little bit of everything when it comes to leaf color, from the golden yellows of the ginkgos and the beech trees to the tupelo and the stewartias, which have such wonderful reds and oranges. One of my favorite trees is the Japanese maple. We have so many volunteer seedlings, but you don’t notice them until the fall, when you see these magnificent reds dotted throughout the property. It’s a great part of the continuous discovery here.”

A version of this article appeared in the September 2015 issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Fall Color.