It’s hard to believe but November is well on its way. I decided to walk around the garden this morning as the rain had stopped and see who was still in good form. Since we have not had a killing frost yet things still look pretty good, some better than others. Here are my toughest workers, these plants and fall shrubs are still going strong and adding great beauty to the property. I thought I would show some of them as before (Spring) and after (Fall) shots.
Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Pink Cloud’ Commonly known as Pink Cloud Beautybush this 8ft. by 8ft. shrub sometimes gets a bad rap. A deciduous shrub with masses of dainty pink bell-shaped flowers in the spring and great orange-red fall color. Growth habit is up and arching, hardy to zone 5, does very well in dry, sandy, poor soils in hot sun.
Berberis thunbergii ‘Monomb’ Known as Japanese Barberry Cherry Bomb. A compact deciduous shrub growing only 3ft x 4ft. Deep crimson color to foliage with bright red berries in fall. Use as a low hedge, barrier planting or single specimen. Hardy to zone 4 it is a slow grower in full sun.
Berberis thunbergii ‘Bailone’ This is Ruby Carousel Barberry, a zone 4 rounded evergreen shrub with deep purple red foliage on arching stems. Bright orange fall color is best when planted in full sun. Growing only 2ft. x 2ft. this shrub also has tiny, lemon yellow flowers in spring.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ Diabolo Ninebark grows to 8ft. x 4ft. in full sun or part shade. A deciduous shrub with attractive dark purple leaves and clusters of small white flowers in late spring. Hardy to zone 4 this shrub is one of my favorites.
Berberis thunbergii ‘Gentry’ Royal burgundy Barberry is a deciduous shrub growing 2ft. x 3ft. It has a dense mounding form with burgundy foliage that holds their color through summer, changing to reddish-black in the fall. Prefers full sun and is hardy to zone 4.
Artemisia stelleriana ‘Silver Brocade’ Known as Mugwort or Wormwood, this is a perennial often grown as an annual in colder gardens. Compact and prostrate, it has deeply toothed white-hairy, silver-grey leaves. Low growing at 6in. it is suitable for rock gardens and borders. Loves full sun and well drained soil on the dry side.
Rudbeckia sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ Growing to 2ft. this is a great cottage plant. Broad ovate hairy dark green leaves with bright golden yellow daisy-like flower heads 3 in. wide. Dark brown conical centers. Blooms from summer right through to late fall and makes a great cut flower. Loves the sun and well drained soil, very drought tolerant. Known as coneflower or Black-Eyed Susan this beauty will self seed freely, even though it is a half hardy perennial.