Still Hanging in There!

Still Hanging in There!

This time of year it’s interesting to see which plants are still performing well.  If we pay attention to how things perform and how long they last we can make better decisions when designing our gardens with plants in the future.  If you want to extend the foliage we need to note which plants have long lasting foliage.  The same goes for blooms too.  So which plants are still retaining foliage in mid November?  Which plants still have blooms?  Which plants in my garden are still hanging in there?  Let’s take a look!

‘Oranges and Lemons’ gaillardia sure is a trooper!  4-5 frosts have fallen upon our garden yet it keeps blooming.  It’s fading but still hanging on.

The oak leaf hydrangeas are still hanging on to their fall foliage. I’m a fan of the burgundy colored leaves.  The fact that they are so large really lets the oak leaf hydrangeas stand out when all other deciduous plants have gone bare.

Most of this ‘Shasta’ doublefile viburnum has lost most of its leaves but in keeping with the theme of today’s post there are still some leaves hanging on!  It’s one of my all-time favorite spring flowering shrubs but it’s pretty cool three out of four seasons.

Other viburnums still have pretty much all their leaves and are just beginning their fall color transformation.  This arrowood is beginning to show signs of the color changes.

This Viburnum x burkwoodii is holding off the leaf drop as well.  It’s a very fragrant flowering viburnum in the spring time and ought to be in everyone’s garden! 

What’s hanging on in your garden?


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. Too funny that I posted about this too. Although overnight the temps dipped into the low 20's so the castor bean and the mustard that I wrote about got nipped. Thankfully the celery made it through, I completely forgot to cover it, good thing – what is Thanksgiving stuffing without lots of celery?

  2. Hi Dave! I need to look up more information on the 'Shasta' doublefile viburnum. I take your word for its being wonderful! I love (really!) my viburnum x burkwoodii and it starts "babies" that I've transplanted around(!). 🙂

    Happy Fall!!

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