Gardeners’ Top Picks November 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks November 2020

Fall is the perfect time to check out all the color in the gardens! Check out our garden team’s top plant picks for November. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds!

Aster (Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’)

Bloom Time: October – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Bees & Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & Rabbits

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Wonderful selection for late season color; plant in masses for best effect

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Howe Garden & Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Camellia (Camellia ‘Winter’s Star’)

Bloom Time: October – December

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Prefers acidic soils; prune immediately after flowering or in early summer to stimulate branching.

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Birds will eat fruit

Tolerates: Erosion & clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Though birds do eat the berries, the fruit usually persists throughout winter.

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

Marlberry (Ardisia japonica)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Heavy Shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Groundcover; used in Chinese medicine for a large number of medical applications including the treatment of bronchitis.

Zones: 7 – 10

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Deer, drought, & dry soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Excellent winter interest; use stems for floral arrangements.

Zones: 2 – 7

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’)

Bloom Time: August – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Tolerates: Deer & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Uniquely shaped leaves and stunning fall color!

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden

Arrowhead Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Muffin’)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Part sun – full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – Dry

Wildlife: Birds & Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Brilliant fall color; berries attract birds

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma)

Bloom Time: June – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Native to North America: No

Other: Best flowering and fruiting occurs in full sun conditions. The berries are more petite than the American species.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Burr Terrace Garden


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