What’s in bloom in November?

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What’s in bloom in November? Despite the gloominess and the sun’s feeble attempts at warming the air there are still a few flowers in bloom. It’s the time of year when it’s so easy to stay indoors and view from a window. So pop on your coat and come exploring outdoors with me. I can assure you that you’ll find some jewels in among the seed heads and the final embers of Autumn.

All the plants have their Scottish hardiness ratings placed beside their names.

What’s in Bloom in November

What's in bloom in November - Rosa New Dawn flowers in bloom in November
What’s in bloom in November – Rosa ‘New Dawn’ Climbing Rose H4-5


The fragrant Rosa ‘New Dawn’ is almost finished flowering and it’s a climbing rose with determination as it has taken until this year to recover from the harsh winters of 2009 & 2010.



What's in bloom in November - Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii in bloom November
What’s in bloom in November – Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii H5

Some of the Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii  flowers are still looking quite fresh and contrast so well against the dying sword like Crocosmia leaves.

What's in bloom in November - Erysimum 'Bowle's Mauve' and Erysimum ' Apricot Delight' blooms
What’s in bloom in November – Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ and Erysimum ‘ Apricot Delight’ both H4

On the tops of the wirey branches are the little flowers from Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ and Erysimum ‘Apricot Delight’. They continually flower (in this flower border) and have done so ever since I bought them back in the springtime.  If our winter temperatures are like 2011’s and they are not in too windy a location then I’m sure that ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ will be in flower throughout the winter.  Too optimistic maybe? …time will tell.

This aster is a long flowering one with deep lavender blue blooms though it is now past its best. I’m not so sure which variety this is as it was bought with the wrong label on the plant.


What's in bloom in November - Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' purple flowers in November
What’s in bloom in November – purple aster
What's in bloom in November - Colchicum autumnale and Geranium oxonianum wargrave
What’s in bloom in November – Colchicum autumnale H5 and Geranium x oxonianum  ‘Wargrave’ H5

The Perthshire autumn flop has been happening for the past 6-8 weeks with the Colchicum autumnale   /Meadow Saffron and these are the final flowers …to flop. While the vigorous ground cover  Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave’ has surprised me with some pretty pink flowers on its last ditch attempt to scramble through the borders …hoping I’ll never notice!

Berried Treasure

There’s also some Perthshire berried treasure from the Malus fruit and Berberis fruit …though many of the Berberis this year have fruited poorly due to our inclement spring weather.

Malus and Berberis autumn red fruits
Malus and Berberis fruit H5

Without fail every November I can rely on the Hellebore/Lenten Rose H5 flower buds to start poking through the soil but last November they were already in flower as you’ll see if you click on – Looking for long lasting winter colour? It’s certainly been a much colder autumn compared to last year.

What's in bloom in November catkins, bergenia and hellebores
What’s in bloom in November – Corylus catkins and lenten rose buds appearing along with Bergenia

While the Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ H5 (Harry Lauders Walking stick| Corkscrew hazel) catkin buds are starting to elongate.  Though I never expected to see a couple of stems with buds starting to open on a Bergenia H4-5 in November!

The snapshots above were all hastily taken 14th November 2012 at sunset (4pm) though it was a dark and dreak late afternoon.  Unlike the following which were taken on 11th November with a macro lens and 3 barrels of extension tubes on a tripod.

Did you ever realise that there was a white woolly coating on the Chinese Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ berries?

These shrubs are much more cold tolerant than the Americana species. The berries are not as prolific this year in the garden as they need a hot summer to berry best. Profusion is the easiest to grow here in Scotland and it doesn’t need a pollinator to set berries …we just have to hope for a hot summer now and again.


Purple Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' berries
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ berries H4-5 / Beauty Bush

and finally the Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ is starting to unfurl it’s little ribbon like blooms.


What's in bloom in November Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena' Perthshire blooms
What’s in bloom in November – Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Jelena’


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23 Responses

  1. Gerry Snape

    what a great post…some wonderful berries there that I've never seen before…will look them up locally. thankyou!!

  2. ann

    Rosie, Such interesting plants. Yes you do still have a lot of color. Our landscape here has turned brown for the winter frosted with a touch of last week's snow that lingers. It has been very cold, hovering just above 0 at night. The air is crisp and cold. Cloudy today. Perhaps a bit more snow. After the bloody heat of the summer and the drought, we pray for more and more snow, especially in the mountains. Your photos are beautiful. Some of the plants I have never seen, only in their artificial form at the craft store. Have a good week end

  3. Melanie J Watts

    Hi Rosie, It is great that you have plants like Hellebore and Hamamelis that bloom in the winter. Hellebore niger is hardy here but it doesn't bloom until spring in late May.

  4. Commonweeder

    No blooms to show in my garden, but I loved seeing yours. I love getting to visit different climes on the 15th of every month.

  5. Julie

    Your blooms are lovely! I'm anxiously awaiting the hellebores and witchhazel blooms in our gardens. We still have quite a few blooms for November, but we had a frost this week, so many blooms are now mushy. Happy GBBD to you!

  6. eileeninmd

    Wow, you have some lovely late blooming flowers. The roses are beautiful and the asters are pretty. Beautiful images and post.

  7. Kalantikan

    Hello Rosie, thanks for the visit. I have always been inspired by blogger friends in taking photos in blogging. Caroline Gill inspired me to look for these creatures which started with a ladybird I asked her for ID. Of course, you are an inspiration in photography, and i still remember it is you who taught me to correct the white balance in Picasa. I always love your photos, and always feel I can't emulate them; and I am sorry I can't follow your instructions using advance technology and PS, hahaha! I want to get them right straight from the camera!

  8. Rose

    Lots of lovely blooms still brightening your garden, Rosie. I love the delicate geraniums and the close-ups of the beautyberry and witch hazel. I know the UK had a miserably wet summer, but be careful what you wish for–I'm hoping the summer of 2013 is not as miserably hot as this year's was for us!

  9. Richard Havenga


    I am always amazed and intrigued by what you can draw out of the earth. What an astounding collection! Your knowledge of Horticulture keeps me learning in my ripening years.

    Thanks for sharing and teaching.


  10. Rosie Nixon

    @Kalantikan Thanks Andrea and that's the reason why this blog is very much sooc shots using filters and various depths of field and getting it right 'in camera'. I keep any photoshop jargon off this site and use it for my fine art prints.

  11. Alistair

    Lovely post Laura, today you particularly had me intrigued with hardiness zones for the UK. I had thought this American plant zoning thing had all been scrapped for the UK. However a check on it makes me aware that there is still some relevance. I see most of the UK including Aberdeen is zone 8 with London being zone 10. Granted it is all to do with Winter temperatures, bet our American friends would still be puzzled.

  12. Jayne

    I always love your photos Rosie. You have a lovely selection of blooms and berries in the garden in November.

  13. Curbstone Valley Farm

    Goodness! I might have expected your garden to be nestled under a blanket of snow by now. Instead, you still have a rose blooming!? My Rudbeckia have been done for weeks, but in their defense, it's been really soggy here recently. Like yours, our native Corylus is just starting to produce buds too, but overall you have much more going on in your garden, than ours!