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A Fall Surprise

November 25th, 2011

I have this lovely oakleaf hydrangea planted by my back door. It’s an elegant plant, reserved, classic, understated, yet so beautiful it almost take you by surprise. It ages gracefully throughout the seasons, every bit as beautiful in fall as it was in early summer at the height of it’s bloom season. This is what the progression of blooms looks like throughout the year. The flowers start off as a creamy green, then on to white in summer and burnishing to pink in late summer.

It never fails to amaze me each fall when the leaves turn this beautiful burgundy. I love seeing it every time I come and go out the back door.

In mid-summer this plant is abuzz with activity while the honeybees load themselves down with this pale cream colored pollen; making this plant an all around winner. When a plant is beautiful in all seasons and produces loads of pollen for the pollinators it’s a big winner for me!

Do you have any plants to recommend that are all around winners, being beautiful, care free, and beneficial to the wildlife or insects?

6 Comments to “A Fall Surprise”
  1. daisy on November 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

    It’s gorgeous. How wonderful to have a plant that is ever changing as the seasons.
    Most of our plants are natives and so they adapt well to our climate.

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  2. goatpod2 on November 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I don’t recommend anything really since I can’t think of anything off hand.


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  3. MAYBELLINE on November 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    lavender and lantana are champs.

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  4. deedee on November 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm


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  5. Brenda on November 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love hydrenga’s they are one of my favorite plants, they always put on a fantastic show!

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  6. Jane on November 27, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Gorgeous plants are these are. In our home backward my brother plants some hydrenga’s and they are really beautiful. Anyways thanks buddy for sharing such nice season. :)

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