The Green of Autumn

“The Green of Autumn”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


When we think of autumn colors, it is usually the reds, golds, and browns not green.  Green is the spring color.  But, in looking around the garden today, I noticed there is still a great deal of different green color around.


The first green is the new green of freshly sprouting plants.  The Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum) are coming back with a fresh green color.  Madonna lilies form a basal rosette of leaves in the fall and die back in the summer.  So when most every thing else is dying in the garden, here pops up fresh new growth – signifiying a new beginning.



The ligustrum has finished flowering, and this has led to the first of the berries showing up a pretty, spring green.  They will eventually turn black as they mature, but right now the light green stands out against the dark green leaves.  If there are enough berry clusters on the bush, the green is very striking when surrounded by other plants with leaves of gold or the other typical fall colors.



Lastly, I couldn’t resist adding a photo of the curry plant.  Since this is the first time I have planted it, I didn’t quite know how it would do.  It has those frosty, silver leaves of plants that usually can’t take our humidity and heat, but it is still doing well.  It, too, has a color not usually associated with autumn.



So, if autumn is a symbol of a time of transition, it doesn’t necessarily symbolize an ending, it could be a beginning.


  1. nancybond said,

    October 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    And beautiful greens they are. I took some “fall photos” today, trying to capture the last bits of colour before a good wind blows them away, and one of the nicest shots I got was of a maple tree that was still VERY green, with the bright afternoon sun backlighting the leaves. Lots of green to be seen. 🙂

  2. Anna said,

    October 12, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    You are correct, we usually think of the traditional Autumn colors. All your greens are striking. I have your curry plant in a pot. I also planted some coral bells that will add some leafy color.

  3. Racquel said,

    October 13, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Green looks great with all reds, oranges, browns & yellows of autumn. Lots of greens still in my gardens too. Lovely green berries on your Ligustrum.

  4. Jan said,

    October 13, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Nancy and Racquel, I guess the color green really sets off all the other colors. Here, things are still pretty green. Later this month and in November is when we get our color, if at all. However, we still thing of October as truly being fall, even if we have to make do with “fake” leaves in our arrangements and door decorations.

  5. Mary Beth said,

    October 13, 2008 at 8:37 am

    We had so much summer rain down here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, that we’ve transitioned back to spring! Everything is back in bloom. I’ve never seen a curry plant – what a beautiful silver color. I’ll have to look for one.

  6. Gail said,

    October 13, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I am so glad you left a comment at C&L! This is a great topic! I have lots of green! Maybe too much! is really hard to find big leaved or other leaved plants that can take the south’s humidity! Any suggestions?

  7. Jan said,

    October 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    MaryBeth, we have had that same thing happen to us in the past. With the same amount of daylight in the fall as in the spring and combined with all the rain, it is no wonder plants get confused. This is the first year I have seen the curry plants offered, but I really do like them and hope they are around next year.

    Gail, green in all its shades really can be a star in the garden. As for your question, I am not quite sure what you mean. Do you just mean plants with large leaves or just plants that can take our humidity?

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