It’s been a particularly fine fall, and many trees & shrubs are producing fruit by the bushel, with fantastic colours to boot. Malus ‘Donald Wyman’ (flowering crabapple) in the Entry Garden/Floral Hall is covered in bright red fruit.
On the dark side, the tiny pink flowers of Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’ (black elder) in the Perennial Border, have given way to clusters of black elderberry fruit, set against almost black, dark purple foliage.
The line-up of Acer griseum (paperbark maple) that lines the Entry Garden immediately beyond the Arrival Courtyard, is as littered with keys as Donald Wyman is with apples. These keys (we called them whirlybirds as kids), or samara, and are two-winged.
Colchicum speciosum ‘The Giant’ (Autumn crocus) are fall-flowering bulbs, preferring rich soil in partial shade. The flowers are quite large, and are followed by leaves in the spring. You will find them in the Entry Garden along Lawrence.
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ (formerly known as Aster ‘October Skies’) (aromatic aster), in the Entry Garden, are named for the dark sky blue flowers that seemly match the colour of the sky at this time of year.
Much asked-about in the Entry Garden under the south pyramidal oak, is Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’ (hairy alum root). This cultivar has the noteworthy foliage of the species, large hairy triangular leaves, but are much lighter in colour. In late summer through autumn, tiny white-pink flowers are borne on solid slender stems.
Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’ (white snakeroot) is having its best year ever in the Perennial Border, West. Clusters of airy white flowers on top purple stems are set against green leaves tinted with purple.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ (Japanese anemone) in the Knot Garden, amoung others throughout the gardens, will flower strong through autumn until the season is ready to change once again.