Fall weather is here and, despite several nights that fell below freezing, there are still a number of plants in bloom.
The native Hamamelis virginiana (American witch-hazel) is in full flower as are herbaceous perennials Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Montauk Daisy), Chrysanthemum rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’ (Daisy), Aster tataricus (Tatarian Aster), and Allium thunbergii (Ornamental Onion). A surprising number of annuals continue to flower including Antirrhinum (Snapdragons), Osteospermum (Cape/African Daisy) and Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth).
Even if there were no flowers in bloom, the landscape is awash with color from the many different varieties of trees, especially the maples, forming a breathtaking tapestry of red, orange, yellow and purple across the region, and sporting interesting seedpods such as the red fruits on Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood), Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) and Ilex verticilata (Winterberry). A variety of colors of fruit on Callicarpa dichotoma (Beautyberry), Rosa spp. (Rose), Malus spp. (Crabapples), Sorbus spp. (Mountain Ash) and Viburnums spp. add interest to the landscape this month as well.