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Top Plant Picks October 2022

Top Plant Picks October 2022

Fall is here and the gardens are changing! Cheekwood’s Horticulturist Sage McClain, shares her top plant picks for October.

Illcium parviflorum (Small Anise Tree )

Bloom Time: May to June

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Full Shade

Water Requirement: Medium to Wet

Wildlife: Fly pollinated

Tolerates: Tolerates heavy shade, erosion, and wet soil. Deer resistant.

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 7 – 10

Other: This evergreen shrub does well in woodland or shade gardens. The leaves of this plant emit a licorice aroma when crushed.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Physostegia virginiana (Fall Obedient Plant)

Bloom Time: August to November

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: A good nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds

Tolerates: Tolerates moist soils and is fairly pest resistant

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: Forms dense upright clumps with beautiful lavendar flowers that are typically teeming with bumblebees.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Stylophorum diphyllum (Yellow Wood Poppy)

Bloom Time: March to October

Sun Requirement: Full Shade to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Chipmunks feed on seeds

Tolerates: Tolerates lime and acidic soils

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 9

Other: This native wildflower is considered endangered in many areas. Adds a pop of yellow to shade gardens.

Location: Howe Garden

Solidago rugosa (Fireworks Goldenrod)

Bloom Time: July to October

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Good for pollinators. Deer Resistant

Tolerates: Appreciates moisture, Average Soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 9

Other: This plant grows in clumps and produces tall golden yellow blooms. Does not cause allergies contrary to popular thought

Location: Herb Garden

Tricyrtis hirta (Toad Lily)

Bloom Time: September to November

Sun Requirement: Shade to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium to Wet

Wildlife: Attracts bumblebees!

Tolerates: Needs moist but well drained soil

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: This beautiful perennial is best used in woodland shade gardens. It has unique pale lilac flowers that bloom in fall.

Location: Dogwood Garden

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

Bloom Time: June to November

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts multiple pollinators, including bats

Tolerates: Tolerates shade, just may need staking

Native to North America: No

Zones: 10, 11

Other: This quick growing annual produces blooms with long, wispy stamens and seedpods. Not Hardy but a prolific Reseeder.

Location: Burr Garden

Lantana camara (Miss Huff Lantana)

Bloom Time: June to November

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Low to Medium

Wildlife: Will attract pollinators, Birds for berries

Tolerates:Extreme heat and reflected heat from sidewalks etc.

Native to North America: No

Zones: 7 – 11

Other: This showy shrub is great used as an annual bedding plant, in containers, or even as a house plant.

Location: Literary Garden

Symphyotrichum spp. (Aster)

Bloom Time: August to October

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Late season source for pollinators

Tolerates: Tolerates low humidity and even short frosts

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Prolific Reseeder. Easy to pull. Great late season color for your garden!

Location: Wills Perennial Garden


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