Hearty Midwesterners make their way through winter’s darkness, cold and snow, springtime rains and summer humidity with varying degrees of ease. The seasons can test our endurance, for sure. But, then we are awarded each year when mother nature puts on a seasonal display of splash! The vivid colors and cool, crisp air of fall make it the favorite season of the year for many of us. Sure, it’s the last days of warmth, but what a show to end the season!
Ever wonder why leaves change color? Shorter days and longer nights get the process going. The U.S. National Arboretum tells us that ample moisture during the growing season, followed by a dry, cool, sunny autumn brings on the best fall colors. No one can say for sure, but it seems as though 2014 is well on its way to achieving a great fall show of color.
Perhaps the best part of the autumn show in the Naperville area is that we don’t have to travel to enjoy it. Drive down many streets in the area, or, simply step outside your door to take in the sights of mature trees in full color. With a little planning, you can achieve your own autumn spectacle in your outdoor space by planting trees and shrubs that change color in the fall.
Some popular choices of trees with autumn colors for our area include many of the maple varieties, such as sugar, red and Japanese maple. Maples are some of the first trees to change color in the fall, and their bright yellows, reds and oranges light up the outdoors on the grayest of days. Oaks tend to turn a little later on in the season, and offer an impressive display. Other beauties include red-twig dogwoods, ginkgoes, birches and redbuds. These are but a few of the choices that you can plant to grow your own “arboretum”.
O’Donovan and Sons Landscaping in Naperville has a large selection of trees to enhance your outdoor space. For 46 years, we have been designing, installing and maintaining residential landscapes in Naperville and surrounding areas. Our landscape design team will work with you to plan the placement of your trees to bring you color in the fall, shade and privacy in summer, and increase the value of your home. Call us at 630-355-3370 to schedule an appointment! We have mature trees that will give immediate impact, and have the experience required to choose and plant them safely.