By Richard Larkin, Horticulturist
Falling Leaves & the Brisk Chills of November in the Gardens
The grasses in our meadow thrived this year with help from the consistent rains. In fact, they grew so tall that we needed to trim them at the end of the season to allow more sunlight for the perennials.
We’ve also developed a walkway behind the Mansion and next year the arches will be covered with honeysuckle and nearby beds will be filled with roses, deutzia, vitex and hydrangeas. A patio with benches and a center bed with an urn and annuals will add to the ambiance of the area.
It is always a sad day when we remove the summer annuals and replace them with our Fall plantings, and this year it was particularly difficult because the annuals were still in grand shape and looking spectacular. All the same, with the leaves turning on the oaks, maples and chestnuts , it was time to recognize and embrace the season.
So, our Fall harbingers, the chrysanthemums were planted and the grounds are ablaze with varieties of yellow, orange, red and even pink!
The Maze Garden is also filled with yellow chrysanthemums and our Horseshoe Court adds to the “mum” palette with a unique pink and lavender flower. Also, throughout the gardens are Fall bloomers such as lavender Colchicum and Sternbergia with its yellow hues. Bales of straw along with gourds, pumpkins and more mums welcome tour members at our Visitor Center and complete the season’s Autumn colors.