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Late October in Carla’s Garden

Beauties of fall

close up of tea camellia in bloom

We’re visiting with regular GPOD contributor Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania, today.

These photos are from late October in my garden. My bulbs have been planted, and I even planted a new peony root as well. I dressed up the pots a little bit with some fall annuals and little pumpkins, as I always do. I love pumpkins. I don’t carve them most of the time, but I do display them. The leaves are turning, but a lot is still blooming because the weather really hasn’t settled in to late October yet. I hope you are all enjoying fall in your gardens!

small pumpkins in the middle of a plant with white flowersNippon daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum, Zones 5–9) is a chrysanthemum relative with thick, almost succulent leaves and beautiful, fresh, white daisy flowers in late summer and fall.

small white and orange pumpkins with orange and white flowers aroundPumpkins nestled among the plants bring more seasonal beauty to the garden.

red and purple annual flowers in a containerThese annuals are still going strong right up until the first frost. This salvia (Salvia splendens, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) is looking particularly great.

close up of pink clematis with white rosesReblooming clematis and roses bring the spirit of early summer to the fall.

close up of hardy begonia's pink flowers The flowers of hardy begonia (Begonia grandis, Zones 6–10) peak at the end of the growing season in delicate sprays of pink and white.

close up of Toad lily with variegated foliage and pink flowersToad lilies (Tricyrtis, Zones 5–9) are classic fall bloomers for shade. This one boasts variegated leaves for even more color.

buddha statue in the middle of a large planting of fernsA Buddha statue sits in a sea of ferns.

close up of spider webAn absolutely perfect and beautiful spider web such as this is an incredible work of art.

bags full of bulbs before plantingA familiar sight for many gardens this time of year: bags of bulbs ready to be planted to ensure a big floral display in the spring!

close up of tea camellia in bloomTea camellia (Camellia sinensis, Zones 7–10) is of course usually grown for the leaves that make one of the world’s favorite beverages, but it also has beautiful white flowers in the fall.

Come back tomorrow for more of October in Carla’s garden!


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  1. islandlover 11/06/2023

    I always love seeing Carla’s garden. I am astounded she has so many plants still blooming. Here on the coast of Massachusetts I have very few blooms. Looking at GPOD is my morning highlight.

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    simplesue 11/06/2023

    Oh so beautiful- the buddha in all those ferns with the perfect orb web! Those are some of my favorite things in a garden. And your big bunch of bulbs- yes! Such a familiar sight! I always marvel at hardy begonias and like the way it looks in your photo with the long strands of flowers and shiny foliage. All very inspiring!

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    treasuresmom 11/06/2023

    I have a Tea camellia as well. Love the little blooms it puts on.

  4. Oxdriftgardener 11/06/2023

    Very nice. Wow, those daisies in October! Pumpkins are a nice addition but unfortunately it would take a lot more than pumpkins to dress up our Zone 3 garden in late October. These are all that can survive here at this time of year

  5. btucker9675 11/06/2023

    So pretty! We had an early freeze last week, 27 degrees, and that put an end to anything tender that I didn't get moved into the garage or covered. Of course, this week it's back into the mid to high 70s!

  6. foxglove12 11/06/2023

    It's all so beautiful. Love that you added a photo of your bulb packages. It is that time of year. And I love that tea camellia. hmmm I be looking for it for my garden. Thanks for sharing.

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