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.

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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!

Maple,

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.

Sedum

Hope springs eternal.

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