Well, fall is just around the corner (the fall equinox is Sept 22) – and it sure feels like it finally with the rain and cooler temps we have had this week. We still have lots of great selection at the nursery for fall planting projects – including lots of plants that are great for fall color in the garden. Here are a few pictures from around the nursery this past week.
New York Ironweed is great late season color. It just looks like another purple flower from a distance – but when you get up close – it is quite beautiful.
Cutleaf coneflower is our native ‘coneflower’ but it is actually a rudbeckia (Rudbeckia laciniata). When most people think of coneflower – they are picturing the purple coneflowers – that also now come in an array of other colors. These are Echinacea purpurea – and are not NY natives. They are native to the mid-west prairies. Cutleaf coneflower is tall and bold, a great specimen plant – it is a real attention grabber!
Cardinal flower is absolutely one of my favorite plants. It was always so special when we saw them growing up as kids, along the lakeshore where we spent time in the Poconos with my family. My dad always told me that it was protected, and a very special plant. They are protected in the wild, but luckily – nursery propagated plants are available – so you can enjoy these stunning plants in your garden. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the close relationship between cardinal flowers and our ruby-throated hummingbird – it will be coming soon!
This is our first year growing showy aster at the nursery – and what a show stopper it is! It is jut covered in beautiful lilac purple blooms. It stays shorter and works in drier soils than New England Aster and New York Aster -making it work well in smaller gardening spaces.
Blooms aren’t the only way to have color in the garden. The white berries and red stems of red twig dogwood are a striking contrast – and also attract our feathered friends as well!
Not only does northern bayberry smell amazing when you brush into the leaves, but the white, waxy berries are an important source of food for birds. It is one of our favorite shrubs to prune in the nursery – because it smells so good!