What's Beautiful Now at NYBG (Week of October 31, 2016)?
Still awash in color as modern rose hybrids take center stage, this garden shines through October. You’ll also see annuals like Angelonia Angelface® Blue and Euphorbia Diamond Frost® spilling over each other in early autumn abundance.
This garden is full of color and texture this week as the perennials fully stretch out for the season. There is always something beautiful blooming in this garden, with more on deck when they finish.
This is the time to see several species of the meadow perennial Symphyotrichum blooming in varying shades of purples, blues, and white complimented by the warm autumn colors of trees and shrubs like Nyssa sylvatica and Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’. Ilex shrubs are laden with vivid red and yellow fruits which catch the eye while a variety of ferns grace the woodland.
Tree of the Week: Photinia beauverdiana
Two Beauverd photinia are displaying their eye-catching fruit across the road from the Burn Family Lilac Collection near the Stone Cottage. The larger specimen was planted around 1940 and some of its seeds were harvested in 1999 to grow the smaller specimen nearby. This species is sometimes called Christmas berry, as its clusters of red berries are surrounding by dark green leaves.
Image courtesy of Burpee.
Perennial of the Week: Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield’
Large daisy-like blooms in a distinctive apricot hue top these late-season perennials, providing the perfect complement to autumn foliage and a striking contrast to the blues and purples of Symphotrichums. While mums are commonly used in the northeast as fall bedding plants, Korean mums are reliably hardy in our area. ‘Sheffield’ can be found in the containers at the Mosholu gate where they are paired with Symphyotrichum leave ‘Blue Bird’, in containers at the Visitor Center, and in the Home Gardening Center where they perk up a corner of the Hydrangea bed each fall with tall purple Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’. Other Korean mums in various warm colors can be found at the Conservatory Gate entrance and the Perennial Garden.