Pods, Seedheads, Fruit, and Foliage Follow-Up
Fall in the garden means seedheads, pods, and fruit join flowers and foliage as features of the garden. So here are some non-floral highlights for mid-September:
I forget what this variety is called, but I think I’ve decided I like these plain green and white Caladiums (Caladium bicolor) best. I built this raised bed on the stump of a tree we had to remove.
Persian Shield (Strobianthes dyerianus) is nice, but I don’t think I’ll grow it next year. Too dark for a shady yard.
The crabapples are like clusters of round rubies this year.
The Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) has a long bloom period, but now the seeds are ripe, being eaten by goldfinches or dropping to the ground.
The Downy Sunflower (Helianthus mollis) had a disappointingly brief bloom period. They are joined by Joe Pye Weed ‘Gateway’ (Eupatorium maculatum).
I like how the seed pods of Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) point skywards.
Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) has nice, fluffy seedheads.
Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) have some of the most beautiful seedheads.
Switchgrass ‘Northwind’ (Panicum virgatum) seedheads have a different look, but in my opinion are even more beautiful. It also doesn’t flop.
And finally, another sign of fall: spiderweb in the Cup Plant.