I walked around the north side of my house this morning and was surprised by the sight presented me in the foundation planting bed. Perhaps a better word would be unexpected. It is mid-October here in North Carolina, and most of my plants are beginning to shut down for the winter. For some reason, I had not made my way around this side of the house for a few days, so this developing scene had gone unnoticed. This picture reminds me of our good fortune in this climate to have these plants that give us flowering goodies well into the fall.
This bed has come together nicely over the years since it was planted eight years ago. The loropetalum has grown a bit too big for its location, so I have to trim it several times a season to keep it in bounds. Altogether I am pleased with the contrasts in foliage form, size and shades of green, which is only enhanced when the blossoms are present. An added bonus is that this bed, except for that vigorous loropetalum, requires a minimum of maintenance, an attribute that seems to become more important to me with each passing year.
The plants include (left to right) ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae, Encore azalea ‘Autumn Sweetheart,’ ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea macrophylla, “Red Mill’ Pieris japonica, unidentified Hydrangea macrophylla, Encore azalea ‘Autumn Carnival,’ Carex morrowii ‘Evergold,’ Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubra,’ and holly ‘Sky Pencil’ Ilex crenata.
It seems I must investigate the goings-on in my garden more carefully. What else might I be missing?