The last few weeks have been spent ripping out a 20-year old hedge of large Nellie Stevens hollies adjacent to the greenhouse shopping area….a great excuse to try out our new (used) Volvo backhoe. As fast as the hedge is removed, it’s being replaced by a much more diverse rock garden style planting that you’ll be able to enjoy while you’re shopping. We hope you’ll enjoy these big changes when you visit for winter open nursery and garden.
Here are a couple of scenes from the fall garden as we head toward our first frost. This is from the Souto garden…a new section that we’ll be opening to the public in 2015.
And another scene from the sunken water garden.
Not only do I enjoy the flowers of agapanthus (lily of the nile), but I enjoy their flower stalks long after they finish flowering. The the old flower heads remain fascinating in the garden for months after the flowers drop. I just took this photo in our clump of Agapanthus ‘Ellamae’…these would be great for making really exotic flower arrangements.
I’ve been really amazed how well the foliage color has held through the season on the dwarf pineapple lily, Eucomis ‘Dark Star‘. Here it is in our rock garden today. I really love this plant!
One of my favorite hardy fall mums is flowering now...Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks’….here’s my recent photo. How cool is that?
I always look forward to mid-October because I know I’ll get to again enjoy one of our largest and most stunning ornamental grasses, Saccharum arundinaceum. The giant ornamental sugar cane is truly a spectacle of the fall garden…here it is today just outside our kitchen window…a great way to obscure an unsightly neighbor.
One of my favorite fall-flowering perennials has to be the easy-to-grow native orchid, Spiranthes cernua var. odorata. I just snapped this photo in the garden where it’s been flowering for nearly a month. For us, it fares well in partial to full sun. Soil moisture hasn’t been critical, but err on the side of too much moisture.