Friday, October 7, 2011
A Few Flowers For October Color
Tiger Gardens is doing very well this fall due to the nice rains we received in September, warm days, and cooler nights. Here are a few blooms from the gardens I find noteworthy this fall.
'Autumn Chiffon' is one of two Encore azaleas that I have posted on before. The post titled 'Encore Azaleas Not So Encore' is a very popular post in early spring. When I see all the searches (from my Sitemeter) related to Encore azaleas not doing well I have to smile because I know I am not the only gardener in the same boat with having trouble with Encore azaleas being hardy as promised. I have found the solution to their hardiness problems-plant them in the spring in a protected spot and give them a few years to settle in. Both of my Encore 'Autumn Chiffons' are putting out more blooms this fall than they did in the spring. Azaleas in the fall are a very nice treat.
'Sunny' knockout roses in their very sunny yellow color look fabulous next to the 'Black and Blue' salvia. This color combination works well even though yellow and blue are not complementary colors they do brighten one another in a bold manner.
Turtlehead is always a lovely fall bloomer. Some years see it looking better than others but the individual blooms always look good even if the plant is not as stellar as I'd like it to be.
Great Blue Lobelia is a great fall bloomer and self seeds heavily in my garden. Love it!
Mums are always a welcomed addition to the fall garden. You simply cannot go wrong with mums but must be careful siting them since there is such a wide range of types, sizes and colors.
'The Fairy' polyantha rose is getting its second wind. This is a must have rose for all cottage gardens. It can't be killed and is rarely bothered by diseases. Its pink color goes well with almost all other plants in the garden. Its one downfall is all the thorns. Please disregard the obvious blackspot on the foliage. This fall has been a bit wet and hot and cool; which is a great combination for pathogens. Lots of things are black-not just the rose. Normally 'The Fairy' is not bothered by disease. If it is, I never really notice because this shrub keeps its leaves all season and looks better than most roses.
This last picture is not of a bloom at all but is just to show you one of my two favorite small trees (crepe myrtles are the other one). Can you see why I love Japanese maples? This one pictured above is sited in front of my home on the eastern side. Here it is backlit by the rising sun each morning and makes quite a show for me from inside of the house. And to think this is not even the fall color! The colors of these small trees sometimes astounds me.
How is fall looking in your garden and what are some of your favorite fall color plants?
in the garden....
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