This Month's Color in the Garden November 2016: The Changing Garden -The Many Shades of Brown

I’ve recently met a group of wonderful bloggers with vast knowledge on a variety of topics dealing with the home and garden. The bloggers are from Project Beautiful and each month the participants all focus on a color theme in a meme called #PBColorOurWorld. As you may of guessed by the title, this month’s theme is brown. 
 As a designer and avid gardener, I have developed a deep appreciation for all the changes that take place in the garden and for what nature has to offer throughout the entire year. The garden can be beautiful, even after the prime of autumn, when shades of brown become more prominent throughout the landscape. For this meme, I have ventured out into the garden with my macro lens to get a close-up view of the many shades of brown that come my way!
Multi-colored leaves grace the landscape.
As hostas fade, the edges of once vibrant green leaves turn to shades of yellow then brown.  Even though they are going dormant for winter, there is much beauty there.
Here are the dried seed heads of Sedum ‘Brilliant’…
and Echinacea ‘Pow Wow’. A lone flower still remains…
as if it just doesn’t want to give up!
Lamb’s Ear (Stachys) with Astilbe Seed Heads in the backdrop add contrast to the garden…

while brown cones on evergreens are a sign of renewal.
Varying shades of brown are displayed in the perennial border with Lamb’s Ear, Echinacea and Astilbe as they transition into dormacy for a winter’s sleep.
I am looking at nature in a whole new way as a single leaf displays its changing colors.
Ornamental Maiden Grass is beautiful in the way it displays its wispy plumes that sway in the wind…
and allow the sunlight behind them to create a subtle glow.
Large brown seed cones are now appearing on Weeping White Pine…
and Caramel Coral Bells display a rainbow of colorful foliage, including…yes…some shades of brown.
Delicate Spirea seed heads still appear on many of these flowering shrubs…
 and every so often a colorful array of foliage can be encountered among the branches.

Yes…nature is beautiful and continues to amaze…
and “Bear” continues to watch over the changing garden.

I am hoping that this is the first of many “This Month’s Color in the Garden” posts. Please feel free to comment if you enjoyed this meme, and I invite you to share whatever shades of brown you have going on in your garden in the comments below, whether it be in the form of plants or otherwise. I know I am already thinking about the many shades of red in my garden for next month’s post! Next up is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up on the 15th. and Color Our World Round Up on the 30th.

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As Always…Happy Gardening!

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