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Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Who, especially in an area surrounded by woods, could resist a shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring?

When my friend Jane Wallace showed me a photograph of her Japanese anemones, I could hardly believe they bloomed in fall. When I think of autumn bloomers, I think of those rampant, raggedy end-of-the-season goldenrods, ironweed, asters and wild sunflowers. The anemones, with their delicate white blooms, looked more like spring wildflowers. Jane’s a magnificent gardener, with growing conditions similar to those I contend with: her gardens spill down a wooded hillside below her house to a river, in Sparta, N.C. Since my north-facing acre consists of a small clearing surrounded by woods, I was only too happy to accept her offer of a start from her Japanese anemones. A shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring? Who could resist?

 

Fabulous Foxgloves

Fabulous Foxgloves

Not only do they thrive in shade, they self-seed, require little care and are attractors of hummingbirds.

I’ll admit it. I’m always on the lookout for plants that flower in the shade. The trees that surround my little northwest-facing clearing grow ta...

Airy Astilbe

Airy Astilbe

A neglected spot and its nearly forgotten planting provide a delightful lesson in delayed gratification.

More than a decade ago I bought a pot of astilbe for my sun-challenged yard, and then – not-very-good-gardener that I then was – planted it haphaz...

Why Garden?

Why Garden?

 

It’s not just for sustenance, but too for exercise, drinking in life and beauty, and maintaining humility.

Why garden? I mean, other than the obvious reason: to put food on the table without going to the store. But gardening, even on a limited basis,...

Make a Silvery Checkerspot's Day

Make a Silvery Checkerspot's Day

Like so many of our native plants, the virtues of the Rudbeckias were recognized by English gardeners centuries before they were considered worthy of inclusion in American flower gardens. That’s right. Centuries.

According to the National Garden Burea...

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