Last Week’s Fall Plantings in Worcester, MA

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Last week my team and I planted up downtown Worcester.  We put in about 900 seasonal plants throughout the property all in one day (Whew).  Emily took these great pictures the day after.  Everything looks so great, and it isn’t even in full color yet as the many of the mums (including dark and light purple, yellow and red) are still tightly closed.  Emily is going to head back and snap off a few more pics that hopefully I can share when they are all a bit more open.

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

If you want to take a drive by, this is on Front Street in downtown Worcester, MA.

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

These lovely beds (that we call the wavy beds) are also waiting to fully burst into full color.  Besides the red and yellow that you can barely see, there is lavender — and the stuff that stayed are the astilbe, hosta, pierus and coleus.  These are over on Foster Street – you can check them out on the way to an event at the DCU center.

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

This will be a lovely mix of yellow (closed up still) with the red mums and purple kale.

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This is ususally my favorite area every fall.  I love planting the bases of these fourteen locust trees with yellow mums for a very cheery all yellow effect.  They aren’t out yet….but just wait — and the side planters the whole way down this courtyard (20 of them) are all oranges (orange osteospermum, orange celosia, and orange mums, with pennesetum hamlin)– so pretty.  We will try to show you that in the update.

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

city square fall planting new england container garden worcester ma www.pithandvigor.com

Happy Fall!! — The colors are starting to change here – I think the beauty of New England will be in full swing by next weekend if you are planning a leaf peeping visit!

images by Emily Slezak

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

4 Comments

  1. Sprout on October 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Was Emily watering in the courtyard the other day? I had a delivery and should have introduced myself, but I was at a meter a long walk away!

    Your kale rocks! Huge and cool and I love the lacey one!!! Orange osteospermum sounds good too!

    How do you think the trees on Foster St. will fare with a summer and fall of heavy equipment mashing things up over there?

  2. louise garwood on October 4, 2009 at 10:49 am

    The massing is most effective! Seas of color and form celebrating fall season! Nice!

  3. Layanee on October 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I will have to do a ‘drive by’. I am fairly close to Worcester and love seeing the older buildings with the new. It is a small city with character. Nice plantings.

  4. Katie Stephenson on October 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

    These are absolutely stunning. Nice work!!

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