Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day ~ November 2011

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
For Foliage Day, I saved up all of the photos I have from this month that display the changing colors in our zone 5 Pennsylvania garden. We have had a particularly dry November, which has meant that the leaves have stayed on the trees and bushes longer than normal. Once the frost hit, the leaves began into their color change and we had the opportunity to enjoy it step-by-step over a couple of weeks instead of in a few days.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' (above) is newly planted in the Shade Path. It has wonderful autumn color. It can be seen in its diminutive size at the very right in the photo below.

One thing I am really enjoying is seen how the evergreens around the house begin to pop when surrounded by the yellows, reds and oranges. The small rounded green bushes in in the pachysandra are actually forsythias, which have kept their leaves much longer than the other deciduous bushes (note the mock orange, Philadelphus, on the right in yellow leaf).  I have been clipping them hard to retain their shape in this small area, which I know is a horror to some gardeners. But at the time of planting their price was right (since they grew from cuttings tended on our apartment window sill for years), and I really like the added yellow they give to the spring display in April. So, I will probably go on clipping until we are no longer tending/living at this garden; then we will have to do something drastic.

View across the Front Walk with the fluffy seed heads from Japanese Anemones
I love the Spirea 'Goldflame' in all seasons. It has red/orange buds nearly all winter, explodes with color in May, and still looks good in the Front Walk in November with the fluffy white seed heads of Japanese Anemone
Topiary Alberta spruce in front of blazing Euonymus alatus, a known invasive
Spirea 'Goldflame' and Japanese Anemone
Gray skeleton of Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire') and seed heads of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
A glimpse of the foliage on the Hill Garden, which is still looking very alive this month (see more in GBBD).

Euonymus alatus, a known invasive, drops its leaves for the year
Yellow vibrancy of the weeping cherry (Prunus) in Cherry Corner
Just days later, the Prunus is stripped of its leaves for the year
Hydrangea quercifolia
The differing purple tint of this native oakleaf hydrangea bush contrasts with the one planted at the other end of the Shade Path garden. 
Native aster turning with Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevans Variety' by the fence
Forsythia under planted with wood spurge
Lastly, a punch of color from our forsythia in the Front Woodland. It looks great under planted with Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, know as Mrs. Robb's bonnet.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day
Thanks to Christina at Creating My Own Garden of the Hesperides for hosting on the 22nd of each month.


  1. Your garden looks so lovely in fall. Such great structure plants included in your landscape. We had a long fall too but a hard freeze did almost all the blooms in last week. I suppose soon a blanket of snow will tuck your garden in for the winter.

  2. Thanks for joining in again Julie. You have lots of plants adding that special autumn wow factor; I particularly like Euonymus alatus, we have E. europaeus which also turns red in autumn but it is the bright pink flowers with orange arils that catch the eye most. Both the hydrangeas are wonderful colours, these are certainly worth growing just for the autumn foliage.

  3. Beauitful post...that Oakleaf Hydrangea is STUNNING! I always forget how beautiful that Spirea is...but our neighbor has some and they are so beautiful right now...color me jealous!

  4. Lovely fall colors. Spiraeas are such great plants. I particularly like 'Magic Carpet'. Oakleaf hydrangeas are without question my favorite shrubs. I am surprised that you label the burning bush a known invasive and yet you don't eliminate it from your garden. It is extremely invasive,

  5. Carolyn: Thanks for your compliments and inquiry!

    We inherited the burning bush when we bought our home just a few years ago, and in a young garden it was one of the few large plants. Because we are further in town and it has not shown up yet as invasive in the wild areas near our neighborhoods, I feel okay with leaving it for now.

    I label it in my writing, as many publications do when they show invasive plants, and would not plant another myself or suggested it to my friends.

  6. Lovely shots! You captured all the shots in the perfect light. The macros of the leaves are incredible!

  7. They are truly wonderful. You capture the images perfectly!

  8. Wonderful scenes Julie! That Hydrangea quercifolia is beautiful.


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