Gardeners’ Top Picks October 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks October 2020

There’s so much more than mums to see during Cheekwood Harvest! Check out our garden team’s top plant picks for October. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds!

Grandiflora Rose (Rosa grandiflora ‘Gold Medal’)

Bloom Time: May – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Heat & Humidity

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant; resistant to rust and powdery mildew

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Rose Study Garden

Chinese Abelia (Abelia chinesis)

Bloom Time: August – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies, bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Makes an effective hedge when planted in mass

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden

Toadlily (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Miyazaki’)

Bloom Time: August – October

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Native to North America: No

Other: Plant where detailed flowers can be appreciated up close

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Seed heads provide attractive garden interest in the fall

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Leaves present a tropical effect. Fruit is an excellent food source for birds.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Herb Study Garden

Goldenrod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’)

Bloom Time: September – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: The habit of ‘Fireworks’ is graceful. Provides exceptional fall color.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Howe Garden

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jubilee’)

Bloom Time: May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Birds, butterfies

Tolerates: Moist soils

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Effective interplanting with rhododendrons and azaleas which share similar acidic soil requirements.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Rustic Glow’)

Bloom Time: September – frost

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Plant hardy, perennial mums for late season color and food for pollinators.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

Tartarian Aster (Aster tartaricus ‘Jindai’)

Bloom Time: September – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Disease and insect damage

Native to North America: No

Other: This cultivar seldom needs summer pinching to control height as long as it is grown in full sun.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden


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