While we've all been busy planting pansies and winter annuals, there are certain plants that just do their own things, and really become show stoppers in the garden at this time of year. I was walking around the garden at the Big House early this morning, and snapped a few random shots of things I thought looked particularly good.
The rose "Bella Roma" seems to like it a bit cooler, and really comes into its own when the night time temperatures drop for a couple of weeks.
As "pedestrian" as Crape Myrtle can be, there aren't a lot of plants that are this little maintenance for this much interest in all seasons!
Old-fashioned sweetgum, definitely not a favorite tree, really shows off its color in October and November. It still has a terrible form and drops those nasty balls all over the place, but gets a little forgiveness from me in autumn.
Pitcher plant in the bog, below.
Juniper "Lime Glow" is showing off its color in this planter with variegated ivy.
Pineapple sage has such a delightful fragrance every time one walks nearby. It is planted this close to the gate on purpose, since each time the gate opens, it releases its fragrance.
Rose "Sharif Asma" has a beautiful fragrance, and is underplanted with prostrate rosemary, so the combination is overwhelming when pruning.
The orange-flowered Osmanthus just glows right now.
Tricyrtis is looking beautiful all over the garden!
Even the Wal-Mart zinnias are looking pretty fabulous!