Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Musings

Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange

The colors most often used in fall containers mimic the seasonal hues found in nature – brilliant yellows, glowing oranges, and rich reds. I like these colors just fine and appreciate them in the flamboyant leaves of trees and shrubs in the landscape, but what’s a gardener to do when she loves pink and purple?… Continue reading Planting Pink & Purple in a Season of Orange

Perennials

Japanese Anemones brighten the fall landscape.

Cooler temperatures raise the curtain on the performance called autumn starring colorful leaves, pumpkins and fall-blooming perennials. Some of my favorite stars of this seasonal show are Japanese anemones or windflowers, botanically known as Anemone x hybrida. Fall blooming anemones offer simple, but elegant flowers, each with five rounded petals – unless they are a… Continue reading Japanese Anemones brighten the fall landscape.

Shrubs · Trees · Wildlife in the Garden

Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal

Some consider Heptacodium miconoides, commonly called seven-son flower, a large shrub; others debate its status as a small tree. Call it what you like, as long as I can call one mine. People who shop for all their plants in May miss out on some amazing plants whose charisma is not evident until summer or… Continue reading Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal