November 3, 2015
Last Gasp of Fall Color
After enjoying another warmer than normal October, temperatures are sinking and the last leaves are nearly gone. This photo from a few weeks ago shows the beginning of fall color for my new Fothergilla 'Blue Mist' shrub.
This week it looks like this. No wonder the employees of my local nursery kept recommending this shrub! With icy blue leaves for the rest of the season and fragrant white blooms in spring, this shrub is definitely a keeper.
The linear leaves of my Siberian irises are at their peak of yellow coloring, as are the 'Fine Line' buckthorn (Rhamnus) shrubs shown at right.
Leaves on the 'Peach Sorbet' blueberries are a lovely reddish-pink right now.
The umbrella leaves on Darmera peltata have interesting coloring as well.
My three 'Tiny Tuff Stuff' hydrangeas had maroon edges last month, and now the tips have turned brighter red.
A few fragrant clusters of flowers on the Hall's Purple honeysuckle are blooming against the deep purple leaves.
My poor 'Kwanzan' flowering cherry tree, whose flower buds always seem to get zapped with frost before they can bloom, is at least boasting some nice fall color this year.
My goodness, this dogwood tree (Cornus florida) has been showing beautiful fall coloring for over six weeks by now.
A final shot of Creeping Jenny (Lysmachia nummularia) shows reddish leaves among the typical chartreuse color.