Top Plant Picks November 2021

Top Plant Picks November 2021

Fall is the perfect time to check out all the color in the gardens! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for November.

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

Zones: 3 – 8

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

Location: Howe Garden & Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – dry

Wildlife: Berries provide winter nourishment for small mammals and birds.

Tolerates: Drought & erosion

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: Magnificent fall color. Four-season interest.

Location: The Carell Trail (Tree Poem)

Arkansas Amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Golden fall color. Cut back to half after flowering to avoid floppiness.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden & Howe Garden

Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Exceptional yellow fall color. Female trees produce messy and foul-smelling fruit.

Location: Reflecting Pool & 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

Zones: 2 – 7

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

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – dry

Wildlife: Some deer & squirrels

Tolerates: Drought & poor soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 9

Other: Tough tree! Thrives in poor soil. Wood is orange and resistant to decay. The seeds of the fruit are edible.

Location: Robinson Family Water 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

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Brilliant fall color. Berries attract birds.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Bloom Time: July – November

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – dry

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Drought, deer, & some shade

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: Plant to aid late season pollinators.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden


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