November Bloomers

It’s getting a bit harder now!

Viburnum x bodnantense (above) is one of the few plants coming into bloom. There are still some summer hangers on and I’m grateful for them. But if we are going to have a reliably all seasons garden I need to bring in more interest for this time of year.

 
 

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The hydrangeas are still fading oh so gracefully.

 
 

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We had our first frost a couple of nights ago and more cold weather is forecast for next week. Certainly more leaves have now fallen from the trees.

 
 

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Rosa ‘Pat Austin’

And yet this most reliable of roses is still going strong. It is the third time it’s featured on the Bloomers this year. If you have the right spot to place the colour it would be hard to find a longer lasting variety. It first appeared at the end of June and in previous years I have even seen it flowering in December. The blooms may get progressively smaller as the months go by, but remain beautiful nonetheless.

 
 

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 Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’

Another repeat bloomer is this late flowering day lily, still bearing buds.

 
 

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 Astrantia ‘Roma’

And the exquisite Astrantia ‘Roma’, the delicate stripes on the bracts picked up in the autumnal shades of the Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ behind it. This second flush of flowers has been a lighter colour than the first.

 
 

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 Sedum (inherited), deepening in tone as it matures

 
 

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Sedum spurium

A low growing variety, also enjoying a second flush.

 
 

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 Skimmia japonica

When the flower buds of the Skimmia start to appear, Christmas is near. I use sprigs of it with ivy and other seasonal foliage in wreaths, garlands and posies all around the house.

 
 

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Gentiana  ‘Shot Silk’

And finally..  this month’s purchase.

This gentian will flower throughout autumn. It likes to be in full sun, in a moisture retentive lime free soil. 7.5cm high. It may need dividing in due course, but that means I can spread it around. How about a carpet of it in front of a flaming red acer? Pow.

 
 

Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other November bloomers from around the world.