Farewell, fall flowers; hello, first freeze

December 01, 2020

So long, ‘Grapes’ gomphrena. It’s been a grand fall.

But with a first freeze of 29F predicted early this morning, I expect your button-like flowers will soon look pale and freeze-dried. Well, it was time, I guess.

Sayonara, forsythia sage. You were absolutely beautiful for two solid months this fall. I will miss your moonshine-yellow flower spikes.

Thanks for a great show.

Rogue November-blooming purple coneflower, I don’t know what you were thinking, flowering so late. See ya!

But hey, mosquitoes will be dead! And this is when evergreen plants and structural elements take on a starring role. A cute pup doesn’t hurt either.

Hardy agaves like this variegated whale’s tongue (A. ovatifolia) and ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood balls pull their weight through winter.

Silver Mediterranean fan palm, rosemary, Jerusalem sage, and a prickly pear with ruby-bright tunas have their time to shine now too.

What keeps your garden looking pretty all winter?

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