Autumn progresses, as more and more plants in the garden go dormant. Walking around the garden, I search for those that are unwilling to pack it in for the year and are still strutting their stuff.
We received some much needed rain and everything looks so much more chipper after it has had a drink. Above is seventh-son tree (Heptacodium miconioides) with its parallel-veined leaves, vivid green edged in purple. Right, the gray-green culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) looks silvery, adorned with droplets of water.
Left, the fothergilla (F. gardenii) has dropped all its leaves except for these last hangers-on. It is a great native plant with brilliant orange and golden fall foliage. In spring, it has bottlebrush flowers that are coveted by pollinators.
At right, the forsythia (F. intermedia) at the edge of the lawn turned a brilliant yellow and from afar, it looked like it was having a second bloom. I had to go over and check, as some gardeners have reported seeing out of season blossoms, plants confused by the cold-then-warm weather we’ve had, but these were just leaves.
A few plants are still blooming despite many nights that have been in the mid-20sF (-4C). Deadnettle (Lamium maculatum) has sent up pink- and purple-lipped blooms continuously all summer and fall. With its handsome white-striped triangular foliage, its a regular trouper.
The yellow primrose (Primula vulgaris) has been blooming since September and I noticed the purple one has buds on it as well.
Below, I was delighted to see buds on the hellebores (Helleborus niger). This is the first year I’ve grown them and am pleased to see them coming into bloom.
To the right, the winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is looking fine against the backdrop of white pine and paper birch. I planted the birch and winterberry together here for that ‘Christmas card’ effect. Last year, cedar waxwings ate all the berries well before Christmas, so it was short-lived decor. Bluebirds and robins also favor the fruit, so they seldom last into January. I don’t begrudge them, matter of fact, I encourage them to visit by planting more.
Many thanks to Gillian at Country Garden UK for hosting the weekly meme Looking Good Friday (link for guidelines). We showcase highlights in our gardens each week and link back to her site. Pop on over to see what’s special in other gardener’s plots around the globe. Feel free to join us with what is ‘looking good’ in your garden!