Fall Color in Shrubs, Too

For good horticultural reasons, orange, gold and burgundy are fixed prominently in the mind as the colors of fall.   These are the colors of Indian corn and the colors assumed by leaves of certa...

Late Bloomers

It’s the end of a brutal summer and you would think that every plant would be all bloomed out or unable to flower, even if now is its usual time to do so.   But that thought would be incor...

Beautyberry

Plants are full of surprises. In fact, the more closely you observe plants, the more often you are surprised. Perhaps it involves training the eye to see, as opposed to only glimpse or scan. You may ...

Bulbs are worth the wait

Planting bulbs is not for everyone, especially those in need of immediate gratification. You may have to wait six months to see flowers from the bulbs you plant in October. Some people don’t pl...

Everyone should have a ribbon bush

Everyone should have a ribbon bush.   The ribbon bush (Hypoestes aristata) grows into a 3-foot sphere that is completely covered with mauve flowers during the months of October and November. It ...

October is the Time to Plant

We are in the golden days of the fall planting season. Now is the time to plant groundcover and every other flowering perennial, shrub, tree and bulb.   For the next six weeks, root growth proce...

Orange you glad autumn is here?

Note:  Ken Roberts took accompanying photo of cape honeysuckle with hummingbird The heat of this past summer may have finally given way to cooler autumn days, yet two plants continue to make a determ...

Garden Paradigm for the 21st Century

When you replace a lawn with water-thrifty plants, you save money by significantly reducing water use, by eliminating application of lawn fertilizer and weed control products, by eliminating the need...