Plants that are at their best this time of year

coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)October 18, 2009

Wow, what a plant! There's not many plants that actually hit their peak this time of year, but here's one of my favourites:

Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'

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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Absolutely gorgeous, I haven't seen this one before.

Annette

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 2:47PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

It would look good with monkshood and autumn crocus right now.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 3:42PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Autumn Crocus were at their peak here in Niagara in late September, although there may be some variation in bloom time according to variety. Here's a pic of one with Ceratostigma plumbaginoides taken on Sept. 24.

But you're right gottagarden, the Autumn Monkshood is another one that peaks right about now.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 4:59PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Coolplantsguy: The autumn crocus/plumbago picture is a stunning!!

I've always wanted to try autumn crocus but have never seen them locally. Any recs for sources?

I just took out some plumbago - was getting too rambly/weedy in a particular spot. No guilt - I still have plenty, the stuff grows so well for me I'll probably never have to buy another pot of it :0)

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 5:15PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Your double 'Waterlily', can you explain why they are so darn expensive when they multiply like rabbits. I just gave about 2 dozen away, kept only a couple as I am redoing the bed they were in. I love the way you have it planted with Ceratostigma? I'm definitely going to try that combination it's stunning.

Annette

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 7:22PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

The Allium is certainly rare, but the Autumn Crocus should be available at better garden centres and mail-order companies. Keep in mind, that it is typically available in the spring or early summer, if I recall correctly. ;)

I'm pretty sure up here, somebody like Garden Import has a few to choose from in their "summer bulb" collection.

I have no idea why they are "so expensive" -- it's all relative I guess...

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 7:32PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Those look like Colchicums, not autumn crocuses. Different bulbs entirely. The former are rodent proof. The latter are not.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 5:54AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Very pretty combination. Like waterlilies on a pond. :-) I wonder where you have your plumbago planted that it does so well?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 6:40AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Yes, those are definitely Colchicum which is commonly referred to as the Autumn Crocus. I know there are a few species of Crocus that flower in the autumn, but I've never heard them being referred to as the Autumn Crocus. That being said, common names can be somewhat confusing! ;)

prairiemoon2, full sun and otherwise lean and mean.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 7:51AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Yes, my colchicum are just done blooming, but my autumn crocus are going strong, with my monkshood. I've never heard them referred to as anything except autumn crocus ;-)

Another late bloomer now is salvia azurea, which is flopping all over the place.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 8:58AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Damn common names! ;)

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 9:14AM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Hardy ageratum, or Eupatorium coelestinum. Its blooms open this time of year and it really does look like ageratum - same blue powderpuff flowers, but this one is perennial.
Symphiocarpus or coral berry. This is a lovely shrub and no autumn garden should be without it. Lots and lots of coral-pink berries began to appear a few weeks ago, and will persist into the first snows.
I'm surprised how well some of the hosta are holding up this year, despite the frosts.
Also recommended, because they look so good now are Clematis 'Arabella', which begins blooming in June here and Persicaria 'Firetail'. which seems to think it is August, not October.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 10:20AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

hmmmm, i used to have that...now where did that osawa go? Nina, i'll have to find that symphiocarpus; thank you for the tip. For us, just north of Boston, the flowering highlights today, 10/19/09 are:
Clerodendron;Heptacodium;Viburnum Berries, Aconitum Carmichaelii; Persicaria Firetail,Taurus, Lance Corporal, and Golden Arrow; Falopia Crimson Beauty, Sedum Autumn Joy,Rozanne Geranium and Corydalis Lutea ( the two longest blooming perennials here, flowering til hard frost, usually in Nov.);Miscanthus Strictus and Giganteum,Hakonechloa, Liriope varieg., Japanese Anemone,Eupatorium Chocolate, Colchicum.Still to come- Vitex,Callicarpa berries, and all our glorious foliage.I really do love fall in the gardens, but I wish all the other gone-by plants didn't look so wild and wooly.
best,
mindy

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 10:23PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

My Ceratostigma plumbaginoides never looks even half that beautiful, coolplantsguy. And the combination is absolutely stunning. I have that Colchicum too. It is buried behind Purple Love grass. :-D

Colchicums sure look good in fall, but, boy, are their leaves ugly in spring/early summer. And they stay tall and ugly for the longest time before they decide to go dormant.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 10:44PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

OK, Persicaria 'Firetail' (and other cultivars) has been mentioned at least a couple times -- must add to my list! I always thought of it as a mid-summer plant, but I guess it blooms relatively long.

I know most are familiar with Geranium 'Rozanne', but I am almost convinced that the blooms are larger and brighter this time of year.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 7:20AM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Arctanthemum arcticum 'Red Chimo' is still in full bloom for me and matches the colour of Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' perfectly. Chrysanthemum Hillside/Sheffield Pink has just opened its flowers the last couple of days. Aster laevis 'Bluebird' and Short's Aster are still showing a lot of colour, although a bit past their best. My Colchicums are still flowering despite being a trifle flattened by recent rains. The colour of the latter matches that of Wood's Pink dwarf aster, which is also still flowering.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2009 at 12:37AM
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hunt4carl

Still going strong for me here in Z.6: late chrysanthemums, of course, but also
Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert', Eupatorium 'Chocolate', Dianthus 'Hoffman's Red', and the tender perennials, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue' and Salvia leucantha.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2009 at 12:06AM
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sue36(Z5 Maine)

Right now the Montauk daisies still look great, the Sedum Autumn Joy looks decent, and the Rozanne Geranium keeps going.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 9:59AM
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prairiegirlz5

Calamint and asters bloom on near the windy city, along with sedum, and TADA! knockout roses.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 5:38PM
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organic_doobie

There are a lot of gorgeous fall blooming perennials that come in various colors.
Aster californica -white
Gaillaridia - yellow
canna - red
etc

Here is a link that might be useful: fall blooming perennials

    Bookmark   October 27, 2009 at 5:20AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

carl, I'm impressed with your Dianthus 'Hoffman's Red' still performing this time of year. I know a few tend to re-bloom, but I'll have to look yours up.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2009 at 8:12AM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Frost here has killed almost everything now. Hosta leaves have turned to mush and in the forest, there is a mere glimmer of gold where the last few leaves cling to the branches and stand in relief agains the stark black of the tree trunks. Most of the gardens are littered so heavily with leaves, it's impossible to tell where the plants grew.
But there is one perennial still blooming beautifully. This is my first year in the garden for Aster cordifolius 'Avondale", a selection from North Creek, and I recommend it highly. The plants are billowing masses of soft blue daisies, about two feet high. Mine is set against Heucherella Sunspot' and the combination of blue and gold is lovely. This is probably the latest blooming perennial I have ever grown here. The flowers are perfect, and as yet untouched by the cold.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2009 at 10:44AM
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cheerpeople

I too love ozawa and its white sister thunbergii album.

Here is what is blooming in Oct for me.
Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: Oct in my garden

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 9:03PM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

gottagarden, I just found one single monkshood in my bed. I had thought about throwing it out when I read so much about it being poisenous, but may keep it. I dont have anything else blooming this time of yr.

Coolplantsguy, that shot with the autumn crocus is gorgeouse, looks like a watercolor painting.

cheerpeople, I love the shots with the blue asters. The shades of blue in the bed are very pretty.
Tammy

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 11:08PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

nina, avondale sounds lovely; i'll pusue. Are you able to and do you grow corydalis lutea, aconitum carmichaelii, geranium rozanne, j. anemones, and heptacodium?Those are all still blooming here down near boston.Tree leaf fall is about 30-40% i think.
best,
mindy

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 12:18AM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Ninamarie, I am in the Guelph area and grow the species Aster cordifolius, which is a vigorous self-seeder. Cullina recommends deadheading in the fall to prevent so much re-seeding. Does your 'Avondale' do the same thing?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 9:45AM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Too new to know. I imagine it is fertile. But it's so pretty, and suits my shade garden so beautifully, I won't mind seeding. I'd be curious about the difference between 'Avondale' and the species - if any. What's your opinion of the plant.
By the way, I live north of you, near Mount Forest.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:53AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

According to Armitage, the species Aster cordifolius grows to 4-6' (120-180cm), whereas the cultivar 'Avondale' only to 18-24" (45-60cm), and is described as being a "prolific bloomer". Both have light blue flowers in late summer or early fall.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 6:27PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

nina, i just google mapped your town and it's looking like you must be about the same latitude as Bristol Vt.where Rocky Dale Nursery is. I'm guessing you have lots of great nursery resources where you are, but if not, rocky dale might be a good resource for your more difficult gardening 'what if...' type explorations.Ed, the owner, splits his time between Vt. and his original landscape business in Minnessota.They carry alot of interesting and unusual plant material too.
best,
minduy

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:41PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Ninamarie, my Aster cordifolius plants grow from 2-4 ft tall, depending on shade, etc. They will tolerate a lot of shade and even dry soil, very easy plants and long-blooming, but not especially "showy" in flower. I have not seen the cultivar 'Avondale' myself, so cannot compare it with the species.

Here is a link that might be useful: heart-leafed aster species

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:55PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Persicaria "Firetail" blooms all season long for me. If it gets ratty looking all you do it whack it back and it comes back in no time. Here is a picture of it amongst other things including a brugmansia that is just now coming into bloom. Down lower right is Salvia 'Hot Lips' that also blooms all season long.

Dr. Moy, a hardy ginger for me at least, also blooms late in the season for me. Just yesterday cut a few of the flower stalks and brought them inside and the scent wafts through the house.

While not a perennial flower, the male gingko tree also adds its presence in the fall garden.

As do witch hazels.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 6:12AM
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lexer(Z8, OR)

Wow Coolplantsguy, that allium is beautiful! I'm drooling and wanting to get my hands on some.

Lex

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 9:40PM
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