Gardeners’ Top Picks November 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks November 2019

Fall is the perfect time to check out all the color in the gardens! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for November from 8 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Sourwood (Oxydendron arboreum)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Source of sourwood honey. Fragrant flowers. Brilliant red fall color.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Rustic Glow’)

Bloom Time: October – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Salt

Native to North America: No

Other: Great for last season pollinator food!

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Burr Garden

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘National Arboretum’)

Bloom Time: September – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Drought & erosion

Native to North America: No

Other: Provides fall and winter interest. Used for floral arrangements.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Color Garden

Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Bloom Time: July – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Drought, deer & some shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Plant for late season pollinator food. Good cut flower.

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’)

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Drought & erosion

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Four season interest! Magnificent fall color.

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Frist Learning Center

Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa – Fruit)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Birds & bees

Tolerates: Drought & poor soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: The fruit (drupe) attracts the cardinal, cedar waxwings, fox, skunk, and bear.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Herb Study Garden

Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera – Fruit)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Tolerates: Drought & poor soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: The seeds of the fruit are edible, however it takes a lot of effort for very little return.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Balsam Aster (Aster ageratoides ‘Ezo Murasaki’ )

Bloom Time: October – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Tolerates: Frost

Native to North America: No

Other: Great plant for woodland areas.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden/ Weaver Walk


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