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Late October in Carla’s Garden, Part 2

More fall beauty

bright red Japanese maple with green trees behind

We’re back with Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania, today, enjoying the beauty that was late October in her garden. It is a magical moment before the first frost when there are still some flowers and beautiful displays of autumn foliage.

close up of red Japanese maple foliage in fallJapanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) are beautiful every time of the year but are at their peak in the fall.

close up of light pink camelliasThe arrival of fall means the end of the flowering season for many plants, but not for camellias (Camellia species and hybrids, Zones 7–10). Different forms of camellias can be blooming from fall to spring in Zone 7 and warmer climates.

close up of bright red viburnum berriesThis incredible mass of berries is from a viburnum; I think it’s Viburnum dilatatum (Zones 5–8). This shrub has masses of white flowers in the spring, but these berries are the real highlight.

close up of pink roseThe last roses of the year are the most precious.

close up of purple monkshood flowerMonkshood (Aconitum, Zones 4–8) blooms in the fall and offers a chance to break out from the dominate yellow, orange, and red tones of the season and add blooms in shades of blue and purple. It is also impressively resistant to deer and rabbits.

close up of light pink roseIt’s hard to imagine a more perfect rose bloom. The cooler weather of fall often helps some rose varieties put out their most incredible flowers of the whole year.

Seven-son flower shrub with pink flowers in fallSeven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides, Zones 5–8) is a large shrub or small tree. In midsummer it has big clusters of white flowers, which are followed up by these beautiful red bracts that hang on through fall.

close up of orange mums in a containerOrange mums (Chrysanthemum hybrid, hardiness varies by cultivar) are a classic flower of fall and are beloved for good reason. They are also among the flowers with the longest history of being cultivated for their beauty.

close up of white azalea flowerAzaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 7–10) used to be just a spring garden feature, but the new reblooming hybrids (most famously the Encore series) bloom again in fall for an extra dose of flower power.

looking up at trees and blue skyOctober is a great time to look up and enjoy the beauty of branches and changing leaves against the sky.

bright red Japanese maple with green trees behindA brilliant red Japanese maple glows against the backdrop of trees that still are mostly green.


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  1. [email protected] 11/07/2023

    Ee ideas of blooming bushes that hav me somLove your gardens with beautiful flowers. You gave me some ideas for shrubs that have fruits for fall and birds!

  2. gardendevas 11/07/2023

    Thanks for sharing your autumn beauty, Carla! I have been pondering a heptacodium - now I need to find a spot for one…

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    simplesue 11/07/2023

    Your Japanese maple is gorgeous in autumn! I really like your beautiful purple Monkshood but it scares me! Gee I've never heard of Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides- it's super nice!

  4. btucker9675 11/07/2023

    Those viburnum berries - stunning!!!

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