What’s in Bloom: Fall Colours!

By | What's In Bloom | November 6, 2012 | No comments

A trio of Larix kaempferi (Japanese larch) line the way into the Floral Hall Courtyard, with tiny, attractive brown cones lining branches of green needles turning yellow.

The red leaves of Acer griseum (Paperbark maple) are an added attraction to the pealing bark for which this maple is named.

Some of the Japanese maples in the Westview Terrace and Garden Hall Courtyard are hanging on to their leaves.  Here, the purple-red leaves of  Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ are as attractive as ever.

The golden brown – yes brown is a fabulous fall colour too!- leaves of ornamental grasses in the Entry Garden have not only colour, but movement as well.  In the foreground is Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ ( Red switch grass).

A group of Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea) In the Garden Hall Courtyard next to the water channel, have never looked better!  Rich colour-soaked leaves get better & better with the changing seasons.

Hackonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) top ten for me – is still keeping green with a hint of golden yellow beginning to come through.  In the Entry Garden & Arrival Courtyard.

And the show-stopper of them all, in the Show Garden, Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (Winterberry) with its rich red berries has coaxed many visitors into the bed (I know I see a new path that shouldn’t be there) to take close-up photos.  Irresistible.


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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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