There is lots of November garden interest to photograph. Furthermore I have lots of colour but it’s not necessarily all from blooms! Time was short for taking these photos. Moreover the light was awful and it would be dark in less than an hour. If you’re looking for ideas of what to grow for November interest carry on reading!
November Garden Interest
Hebe ‘Purple Pixie ‘ is a great little Hebe for central Scotland. In fact it can cope with our really low temperatures. The lowest was -18°C in the garden last winter. It might say that it’s an evergreen shrub on the label but it isn’t in my garden. I prune it after the winter and it flowers in the late summer and into autumn.
Beauty in Decay
The yellow flowering Rudbeckia is still holding on and it’s been a winner for me in the garden since August. Even the dying flowers have made some great photographs. (see here too: Nature Paint me a Picture)
I should rename this plant “Old Faithful”. The Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy still makes an impact in the borders with it’s claret coloured flowers.
I love this Carlina acaulis. It has wonderful thistle like foliage and flowers that the bees just adore. Even when the flowers are dried like above they still are quite a feature in the garden. (Note to self: remember to pinch out the growing tips next year to prevent it flopping).
Just look at that stunning red colour from the Cotoneaster horizontalis berries. Likewise just forget for a moment about how invasive it can be in the wild. These red juicy berries are just waiting for the blackbirds to feast on when the weather gets really cold.
How can you not cease to be amazed by purple Beauty Berries! Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii Profusion. I’ve 2 shrubs both at least 8 foot tall. They are covered in these small clusters of purple berries until December each year.
Okay this weedCentaurea montana really shouldn’t be in flower at this time of year. (Note to self: DON’T let this one flower go to seed!)
Two weeks ago I saw the buds pushing through the earth so I trimmed the old leaves away. I don’t know what type of Hellebore / Lenten rose this is as it came from a very old garden.
There’s also a yellow rose, red crabapples and pink sorbus berries!
Wow you do have a lot of colour in your garden. I love the picture of the red berries – loads of berries there. But my favourite shot is the one of the callicarpa – that's just beautiful. 🙂
Your garden must look wonderful!
such beautiful pictures.. I love the purple flower 🙂
Pieces of Sunshine
Lovely twilight shots, they have quite an atmosphere to them, suited to November.
Beautiful post. The photo of Cotoneaster horizontalis is awesome! Such a treat for our featherd friends!
Hi Rosie, it looks like you are now a fulltime "G"? That brown Carlina is again an award winning photo, don't you think so! I love it very much. You should have linked it to Garden Walk Garden Talk, W4W today.
Those red berries look like layers & layers of curtains – draping in bold red.
Truly you have a colourful garden.
Fantastic photos and some lovely blooms.
Cher Sunray Gardens
Beautiful post…love them all! I'm in love with your Carlina…never heard of it, but love those dried flowers! I dearly wish I had room for Beauty Berry…sigh 🙂
The cottoneaster looks wonderful. I had it at my last house but it never looked this lush. Hellebores now!
What beautiful pictures! I love the detail in the photos. I found your web site and read you are from Scotland and you like Piet Oudolf. I 'm a big fan of his natural landscaping, but I don't have a large lot. I 'm one of the few people in my neighborhood that enjoys the winter interest of a natural garden. Will enjoy reading your blog in the future. I'm in the midwest USA zone 5 ( illinois). We have cold weather now—robbie:-)
p.s. I'm named after my great(s) grandfather from scotland-( Robert) but since I was a female, I was named Roberta( robbie is my nickname)….
I'm amazed at how much you still have going on in your garden, Rosie! The cotoneaster is gorgeous! This is the first year for my beautyberry, and I have to say I'm loving those purple berries, too. Thanks for taking the time to share these photos before feeding those hungry boys:)
By the way, I noticed your last post–my daughter just introduced me to Pinterest. This is a great idea for collecting and saving all the ideas I see on blog posts and websites that I always forget to write down.
Curbstone Valley Farm
Goodness, that Cotoneaster looks like a waterfall of red berries. They are beautiful, and I wish I could grow one here, but instead I stick to our better behaved native Toyon.
I walked past a beautyberry the last time I was at the garden nursery, and I was soooooo tempted. I love the color of the fruits, they're unlike anything else!
Next year though I am adding Sedum 'Autumn Joy'. My mother used to grow it England years ago, and I know how much the butterflies used to enjoy it. The fading flower heads are still lovely.
All those great photo shots in such a short space of time. The Cotoneaster is indeed going to help out the blackbirds. Ah, how often have I tried the Callicarpa without success,and that sure is an early flowering Hellebore.