A list of selected fall blooming shrubs by Tanya Kime-Wallace, also including growing information,descriptions and floral images.
Although the Autumn is upon us which really only reminds us of the winter, why not add some much needed color into your garden with these fall blooming shrubs, you never know they may even actually make you forget how close to winter you truly are. The shrubs in which I have selected are not only beautiful, they will be sure to liven up your garden for now and for years to come.
Ceanothus X ‘Autumnal Blue’
Description:Height and spread 6-9 feet. Evergreen. Large, glossy, oval leaves. Flowers are blue in rounded clusters in July-October. Best grown in a south or west facing wall or fence. Thus is one of the hardier types of Ceanothus.
Ceanothus X ‘Burkwoodii’
Description:Height 10 feet. Spread 7 feet against a wall. Evergreen with wide-spreading habit.Shiny leaves that are grey on the underside. Lightly scented, deep blue flowers in small clusters but in larger number than ‘Autumnal Blue’ in July-October.
Ceanothus X Gloire de Versallesi’
Description:Height and spread 7 feet or more in favorable position. Deciduous with vigorous arching growth. Large leaves with powder blue flowers in profusion in rounded clusters from June-October. This is one of the most attractive species of Ceanothus.
How to grow:Most do best grown with the protection of a sunny wall but will grow in the open if there is shelter from the wind and plenty of sun. Severe winters can kill them although well-established plants may survive. Grow in well-drained lighter,rather than heavier soil;if chalky add peat or leaf-mold. Prune deciduous kind early spring by cutting previous years growth back to 3 inches of the stem. Evergreens may be cut back a little to tidy after flowering and to maintain bushy habit.
Description:Deciduous shrub. Height 2-4 feet. Bristly,purplish stems with small,course green leaves. Dense clusters of absolutely beautiful brilliant blue blossoms in July -October. The Ceratostigma.willmottianum is one of my favorite shrubs in the fall because of its intense blue flowers,simply gorgeous!
How to grow: Plant in free-draining, sandy loam in a sheltered position facing south or west,preferably a the the base of a wall and getting plenty of sun. Can be cut back to ground level in a hard winter. All old growth can be cleared away in the spring when new shoots have emerged.
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