Justin W. Hancock

Plant for Fall Color

Oakleaf hydrangea is a reliable pick for fall color in the shade.

Oakleaf hydrangea is a reliable pick for fall color in the shade.

I love plants that do double-duty. The oakleaf hydrangea shown here, for instance, is a great example. It has big clusters of white flowers in summer. Now in fall the leaves are turning an amazing shade of ruby-red.

I have it planted next to my driveway so I can enjoy the backlit effect as the setting sun shines through the leaves. Oakleaf hydrangea features peeling bark, too, kind of like birch. The stems add a nice texture rising up out of the snow in the middle of winter.

What do you grow for interest over multiple seasons? Share your comments here!

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4 Responses to “ Plant for Fall Color ”

  1. Very cool plant! Does it do well in sun or does it need shade?

  2. Hi!

    Oakleaf hydrangea does best in shade or part shade with moist, well-drained soil. In these kinds of conditions, it’s pretty much carefree! —Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

  3. Beautiful specimen Justin. I have always loved the Oakleaf, but what can I say, I love, love, love, Hydrangeas. All of them.

  4. karlin — it’s hard not to fall in love with hydrangeas, eh? Is oakleaf your favorite?