It has been an amazing year to enjoy fall foliage. This October and November were an explosion of warm hues, autumnal blooms, and photo ops galore. There are still a few good days of color left in the season, but don't lament the impending winter!
Contrary to what you might expect, at this time, when the colors fade and the leaves fall, the true beauty of gardening with four seasons in mind begins to show through. In the coming months, the bare branches, and dried stalks and seed heads – the skeleton of the garden, if you will – will take center stage. This is when all of us at Friends of the High Line are reminded of the words of the park's garden designer Piet Oudolf: "You accept death. You don't take the plants out, because they still look good. And brown is also a color."