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October in Cherry’s Garden

Embracing the end of the growing season

wide view of fall garden with purple berries and lots of foliage plants

We often hear from Cherry Ong when she’s traveling to visit a marvelous public garden, but today she’s letting us in to see her home garden in Richmond, British Columbia. She says that she’s learned to love fall and is sharing the beauty of her shade garden with pictures she took in early October.

close up of various foliage plants in containersCherry uses foliage to great effect. Here a warm Heuchera (Zones 5–9) is paired with the bright yellow foliage of Mexican orange (Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’, Zones 7–10). The yellow foliage effect is backed up by a big clump of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aurea’, Zones 5–9).

close up of variegated skimmiaHow is THAT for foliage effect? A variegated skimmia (Skimmia japonica, Zones 7–9) looks amazing with its contrast of pink flower buds against the leaves.

close up of shiny green foliage plants next to variegated foliage plantA perfect foliage combination: The divided leaves of the hellebore (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9) contrast beautifully in both texture and color with the broad, silver leaves of Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla, Zones 3–8).

close up of dark Japanese maple foliageThis dark Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) looks all the darker with a sunny Japanese forest grass as a backdrop.

close up of shiny green foliage plantsI love the dark, glossy foliage of this begonia (Begonia hybrid, hardiness varies by cultivar, usually grown as annuals)

close up of toad lily with pink flowersToad lily (Tricyrtis formosana, Zones 4–9) is a quiet presence in the shade garden until it explodes into bloom each fall.

close up of speckled toad lily flowersEach toad lily flower is beautifully speckled with purple.

close up of more containers with foliage plantsCheerful pots full of foliage

foliage plants in containers in front of large shrub with purple berriesA look out into the garden reveals a beautyberry (Callicarpa sp., Zones 5–9) loaded down with purple berries.

close up of beautyberryThis beautyberry is living up to its name.

wide view of fall garden with purple berries and lots of foliage plantsA final view of Cherry’s garden

How has fall looked in your garden? Send pictures to [email protected]! We’d love to see and share them.


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  1. [email protected] 10/26/2023

    Beautiful garden. I love the beautyberry and the tradition lilies. Thanks for sharing.

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/26/2023

      Thank you. The beautyberry is about 14 years old and amazingly thrives beside a cedar hedge.

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    simplesue 10/26/2023

    Oh an exciting post to see Cherry Ong's personal garden, and it's beautiful!
    I love how graceful it is with the winding grass path area and the arching Beautyberry- and it's the biggest and best Beautyberry I've ever seen!
    Great selection of foliage textures and colors- interesting and well designed!
    Thanks for sharing your personal garden and also for all of your public garden tours!

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/26/2023

      Thank you very much. It’s a DIY small space garden we carved out and planted 14 years ago. Had a submission to GPOD many years ago when the garden was 3 and showed the before photos. The beautyberry is an original planting then.

  3. Oxdriftgardener 10/26/2023

    Fabulous as usual Cherry! That Beauty bush is fabulous adding an unusual colour to the fall scape resembling a spring blooming tree.

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/26/2023

      Thanks. Hope you can add one to your garden. This one is Profusion.

  4. jos29803 10/26/2023

    Awesome colors and textures!!!! Your garden is as lovely as your photography is great.

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/26/2023

      Awww, thank you.

  5. btucker9675 10/26/2023

    That skimmia and beautyberry - gorgeous! Your garden looks just as I would have expected - lovely!

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/26/2023

      Thank you very much. Hope you’re enjoying your fall garden yourself.

  6. [email protected] 10/26/2023

    I am always so happy when the gardener for the daily GPOD answers or responds- especially happy to learn that your beautiful beautyberry is 14 years old! Now I feel better about mine, going into perhaps it's 3rd year, looking so paltry compared to yours. And I am always happy to see something from Cherry, whether on the road, or something from her home garden. Thanks!

    1. perenniallycrazy 10/27/2023

      Here’s to the Callicarpa! It’s low maintenance and takes to pruning very well. Beautiful when most the garden is winding down. Quite an uplift when the robins come to feast in winter. (Except for the💩 but it’s nutrients for the garden). Hope yours grows old with you! Thank you.

  7. user-7007672 10/27/2023

    Gorgeous as always, Cherry. I especially love the Beauty Berry. First time I saw it was by Ivar’s in a little pocket park. So pretty. Thank you for sharing your wonderful garden.

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/01/2023

      Thank you for your kind words Chris. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like the beautyberry.

  8. user-7392754 10/27/2023

    Cherry, your garden is as wonderful as all of the botanical gardens you show to us!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. perenniallycrazy 11/01/2023

      Thank you for your kind words.

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