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Fall in Johanna’s Garden

Blooms of the season

Johanna here from Aiken, South Carolina. (See a previous visit to her garden here.) Fall is my favorite season, and I especially love how my garden looks at this time of the year. It appears more alive than ever. My shrubs, grasses, ornamental trees, hollies, and mums seem to explode with shape, texture, and color. I have been gardening for more than 40 years, but my Aiken garden of 13-plus years is my favorite. I started with a vast, pine-laden empty slate, and working within the confines of the septic placement, pine trees, and driveway, I think it has turned out pretty well.

osmanthusMy osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus, Zones 8–11) put on quite a show—three weeks of orange flowers with a wonderful fragrance.

Meyer lemon treeMy Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri, Zones 9–11) is bursting with fruit waiting to ripen.

prickly pear cactusThe prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), which bloomed in May with yellow flowers, is now loaded with purple fruit.

sitting area on stone pathwayThe seating area is new and was created to give balance, break up the long stretch, and make for a better transition to the cactus area.

YuccaThe yucca, given to me by a neighbor and friend about three years ago, has grown immensely, and we are both waiting to see what happens with this specimen.

The Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ The Miscanthus sinensisGracillimus(Zones 5–9) is my favorite upright grass. It looks so elegant and really shines in the fall.

front steps and looking down the walkway at the different shapes and textures.I love standing on my front steps and looking down the walkway at the different shapes and textures.

SquashSquash are still producing.

banana plantMy banana (Musa sp.) plants are thriving. I have two, which were given to me by a neighbor. I love it when my neighbors can see plants they have given me thriving in my garden.

Flowering ginger plantThis flowering ginger plant (Hedychium coronarium, Zones 7–10) was also given to me by a neighbor.

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  1. user-5117752 11/02/2021

    Love your plants! Can't grow any of them here in WNC.

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    simplesue 11/02/2021

    I had no idea how gorgeous a prickly pear cactus was! It's like a sculpture!
    And wow- flowering ginger and lemon tree!!!
    Amazing for me to see all the things you are growing beautifully!
    You have some really interesting plants in your pretty garden!

  3. btucker9675 11/02/2021

    Great neighbors and great garden! I'm going to look into an osmanthus - new to me and gorgeous!

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    pattyeckels 11/02/2021

    Your gardens are lovely! I just ordered an Osmanthus. Cant wait to get it. I understand it takes a while for it to bloom though.

  6. nicki_s 11/02/2021

    A wonderful look at a southern garden! So different from here up north. Thank you.

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