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