Fall Color in the Garden and Plant Sales are Good Things

Sedum Great sources for quality, reasonably priced plants, include special plant sales held by area public gardens and societies, most often in the spring and fall. Your purchase is truly a gift that keeps on giving, as proceeds are often a benefit for a local public garden, campaign or plant society.

One fall, I was fortunate to attend a special gardener’s day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, co-sponsored by Carolina Gardener magazine – it was wonderful! It was there I met Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. During the summer, I had strolled “The Herb Study Garden,” which was redesigned by Holly and Osaum Shimizu, and Stephen Wells (Nashville), in 2001, at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Holly gave a tremendous program on fall color in the garden, sharing tidbits with us about various plants she particularly favored. There are lots to choose from!

I was pleased to get a couple of her suggestions, to add to our gardens: Helianthus angustifolius PERENNIAL SUNFLOWER; and a lovely white stonecrop, Sedum alboroseum ‘Frosty Morn’ VARIEGATED STONECROP, which contrasts our billowing Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ AUTUMN JOY SEDUM pale purplish pink tints. Of course, I found a few other great additions, as well!

Fall color and interest abounds at DSBG, hope this inspires you…

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