The Last of the Fall Foliage
This week I am enjoying the last of our fall garden. The foliage this year has been breathtaking. The right amount of rain, sunshine and temperatures came together to create a magnificent display of color. Nightime lows are expected to dip into the thirties, so I expect this will be the end of the fall garden.
Still blooming are two late flowering asters, Symphyotrichum concolor and Ampelaster carolinianus.
|Eastern Silver Aster (Symphyotrichm concolor)|
This winsome wildflower is a good nectar source for many butterflies. I am seeing mostly smaller butterflies, such as skippers and common buckeyes on sunny days.
|Climbing aster (Ampelaster carolinianus)|
Dwarf Fothergilla 'Mount Airy' is spectacular in November. This is one of my favorite shrubs, and hence we have seven of them throughout our garden. The specimen shrub above is surrounded by various grasses, rattlesnake master and mountain mint. A pollinator paradise regardless of the time of year.
Zooming in, the foliage is even more intense with its blend of oranges, reds and burgundys.
The view below is from our side garden looking toward the front road. The Fothergilla are standouts anchoring the longview.
A closer look with the neighbor's giant 100+ year old oak tree in the background.
Jumping to the other side of this trio of shrubs, is the view one would see from the road. The Fothergilla not only offer outstanding fall folliage, they provide a great screen on this corner of the hill garden.
Scooting back around to the woodland garden, some other shrubs worth noting are the viburnum. These multistemmed deciduous shrubs provide excellent folliage in our shade garden.
|Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur and Witherod viburnum 'Brandywine'|
The deep red-purple-marroon foliage has been outstanding this year.
|Big Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)|