Conifers, ornamental grasses, and sedums form a border around autumn garden
Photo: Jim Westphalen
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Color-Taming Outdoor Room Designs

Put it all together, and the colors could reach riotous proportions—if it weren't for the room design. Even outside the fenced studio garden, conifers muffle the carnival effect while simultaneously playing off the blues in the squash and the oranges in the pumpkins scattered around as Robin takes the last hurrah to another level. Later in the year, northern Vermont might not be such a lively sight. But in this garden, come October, rather than a winding down, it looks more like the start of a brilliant new beginning.

Shown: Conifers, ornamental grasses, and sedums form a deep border.
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