Few gardeners choose their shrubs because they have brilliant fall color. Fragrance, flowers, colorful berries, and ornamental shapes are usually the main features most gardeners request. And yet the long-lasting autumn leaf change is one of the most spectacular displays in the plant world. Lasting longer than any spring floral show, it occurs at a time when color is least expected.
While most of us are familiar with the showy Japanese maples, there are many shrubs that can provide an explosion of color in the garden.
Below is the list of shrub species and cultivars that will bring fiery sparkles to your garden. As you will note, some are top performers and have received prestigious awards.