November in the Garden: It’s (Almost) All About the Foliage

Have you started cutting back your herbaceous perennials, emptying your clay pots, and raking up those scattered leaves?

It is a lot of work, but it’s fun work; especially when the weather is a bit cooler and the sun is less intense. We haven’t had a hard frost yet, but it will be coming soon, I’m sure. There’s still time to plant bulbs and move compost. Colors have faded, except for the leaves. They are in their full glory.


rust and tan beech tree leaves

Now that we have a 6 1/2 foot deer fence around the “proper” garden, I’ve been thinking about what plants merit this prime real estate.

The deer fenced garden

One of my favorite garden bloggers, The Propagator, posted a beautiful picture of a pink tiarella. I think that this plant will be a winner!

Even with the cooler weather, Mother Nature presses on. I taught my students that living things have two goals: to survive, and to reproduce. Then, we refined that statement to one goal: to survive TO reproduce. Evidence is everywhere.

Platycodon''s last hurrah

This volunteer clematis has large, white, bell-shaped blooms. I haven't planted anything like it. A new cultivar, perhaps?!
This volunteer clematis has large, white, bell-shaped blooms. I haven’t planted anything like it. A new cultivar, perhaps?!
maltese cross
Maltese cross

Reds and silvers dominate in the borders, yellow, tan, and orange in the trees.

burning bush

Silver lace artemsia

Blueberry foliage
Blueberry foliage

We have a beautiful island of maples in our front yard. The foliage is some of the last to turn from green to orange, and some years it gets frosted before we can fully appreciate it – but, not this year!


Close up of blaze maple foliage

Another of my favorite garden bloggers, Thomas Stone MCI Hort MPGCA, shared that he enjoys sedum year-round. It is hard not to appreciate the tenacity of this succulent, as it matures from light green, to blush, to mauve, then burgundy. I used peony hoops to hold up the blossoms this year.


Hope springs eternal.


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13 comments on “November in the Garden: It’s (Almost) All About the Foliage”
  1. A. JoAnn says:

    The leaves are gone now, so it is nice to look back at the photos!

  2. Extraordinary photographs and such brilliant hues too!..The leaves are stunning against a blue sky..

  3. A. JoAnn says:

    I’ll definitely keep you posted! I write and photograph my garden every month. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Lora Hughes says:

    The colours are stunning! I’d love to see the clematis blossom. Next spring, maybe?

  5. A. JoAnn says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Rebel Girl!

  6. cavershamjj says:

    Certainly not in the south. Up north it can get cold and snowy but not the continental winters you guys have.

  7. Rebel Girl says:

    Great photos!

  8. A. JoAnn says:

    Thanks, Chris!

  9. A. JoAnn says:

    We have had a rare, mild October, and more sunshine than I ever remember!

  10. A. JoAnn says:

    Thank you. I’m looking forward to your next post. As a friend recently explained to me, the UK doesn’t get the frigid temps that we do; you will have more to show than I will!

  11. cavershamjj says:

    You have some fabulous colours going on there! Great photos as always. See you again soon.

  12. mrsdaffodil says:

    Oooh,, look at those maple trees! The leaves are gorgeous against a blue sky.

  13. yashicachris says:

    Great photos and such wonderful colors too!

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