Thought I'd add a couple of pics of my garden as of now. I took one of the oakleaf hydrangea and the viburnum in gorgeous fall color right now, but it was close to dark and raining, so it didn't come out.
This is my new veggie bed, smack dab in the middle of the front lawn, where a tree that died was. (The tree was a wonderful old panicle dogwood, but a major infestation of 17 year cicadas a few years ago, followed by two bad drought years, did it in.) By the time I got the tree down, stump burned, bed built etc., it was planted a month too late. It has mixed lettuces, spinach, broccoli that is still in a mad rush against time and cold, onions and garlic in a 5x10' bed.
This one is of my foundation planting, which has been gorgeous all fall. The nicotiana is still going strong, just closed up there because of rain. Its beautyberry in front of the window, covered in neon purple berries, marigolds,mums (about done now, but they were gorgeous), the nicotiana, and some yellow flowering thing on the trellis, potentilla maybe?
And here's the swiss chard, mulch has all disappeared and it's a little bit weedy, but still going strong!