The mums and the last of the double colchicums are still throwing out new blooms, but after a hard freeze they look like wet facial tissue. All but the stubbornest trees have dropped their leaves, and most perennials, if they have any leaves at all, are looking either yellow, brown, or mushy. But there are still some plants that are looking great. Yes, great!
'Cerise Queen' yarrow put out a fresh flush of foliage this autumn that looks as vibrant as it does in spring.
'Tapestry' heucherella as seen through Siberian iris foliage. 'Tapestry' was a trial plant from Terra Nova Nursery.
'Pistache' heuchera, a trial plant from Skagit Nurseries.
'Mahogany' heuchera, another trial plant from Terra Nova Nurseries.
Most foxgloves are biennial. I started these from seed this spring, and if they make it through the winter they will bloom next year.
'Blackout' heuchera, a trial plant from Skagit Gardens, smolders.
Another trial plant from Terra Nova nursery, 'Lunar Glow' bergenia shines forth with several autumnal tints.
Carex conica 'Marginata' contrasts pleasingly with Proven Winners' Blackcurrant heuchera, both trial plants from last fall.
Though the garden certainly looks brown and tattered, little jewels of foliage can be found by the careful observer. We’ve had several nights in the low twenties (-7C), but these plants hardly look affected. As long as the ground hasn’t frozen solid, there will still be reasons to venture forth on mild days and hunt for surprises.