Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fall Color Hydrangea CrapeMyrtle Cotinus Azalea


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Hydrangea QuickFire. What a beauty this is with it's Fall colors. I have 3 of these in different areas of the yard. This one is mostly red, one is a combo of red and orange and the other is mostly orange with a little red.

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Azalea Red Dwarf. I'm still surprised I have the couple of these that I do since they really like acid soil. I keep expecting them to die at some point and won't be too surprised when they do, but the Fall and Winter color is gorgeous on them.

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Cotinus Golden Spirit. Just added a few months ago so I am surprised with the Fall color, but happy to see it. The yellow of the shrub added with the red is really lovely.

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Crape Myrtle Centennial Spirit. The Fall colors are stunning especially with just adding this in the Spring. They are being offered here so hopefully that is because it's Winter hardy and I've provided a small micro climate with the privacy fence to keep off some of the Winter winds coming out of the northwest.

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Hydrangea Quercifolia Little Honey. I added two of these a few months ago. I understand they can be difficult to get going but have them on a slope so hopefully that will do the trick and they survive. They are a yellow oakleaf selection and should set off the area I have them in if they make it.


60 comments:

Mark and Gaz said...

Love the autumn colours on your plants Cher, especially the Hydrangea Quickfire and the Quercifolia Little Honey :)

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,

Beautiful fall photos of your garden!
Great colour...most of our colour is pretty much all gone now.
Good thing for great photos to keep us inspired through the winter months!
Have a great week!
All the Best,
Christine

FlowerLady said...

How wonderful to have those lovely autumn colors in your gardens. I love the hydrangeas.

FlowerLady

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Still looking so pretty!... my gardens are sound asleep... dreaming of Spring... xoxo Julie Marie

Katie said...

Hi! I'm a new GFC follower from the blog hop. Those fall colors are gorgeous!! I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow back if you like!

Katie @ Glamorous Without the Guilt
glamorouswithouttheguilt.blogspot.com

Lona said...

Hi Cher. Your hydrangea leaves are all so pretty this Fall. Good grief mine just turned yellow and fell off. LOL! I have seen that we are suppose to be zone 6 now but like you I am not so confident about it. LOL! I would like to try a zone 6 camellia though. I might do that in the spring. Have a great week!

Patsy said...

I love fall ,it is going fast.

Kalista said...

Beautiful! I have serious garden envy...I am terrible with plants! :( For now, I'll just have to live through blogs like this! ;)

Found you on the Tuesday blog hop! I'm your newest follower! :)

I hope you'll come check me out!
Kalista
www.whenwereathome.blogspot.com

Katie Hertfelder said...

Hi Cher!

That Smoke tree is cool! Never saw a yellow one before.

Giga said...

U nas jesień już większe postępy uczyniła, nie ma już czerwonych kolorów w ogrodzie.Pozdrawiam

scottweberpdx said...

OMG...those Hydrangeas are amazing!!!

darbycreekyorks said...

I never thought of hydrangeas for fall color! That is cool. I have one pathetic azalea out front that I too will not be surprised to find dead some spring. Well I 'm glad you got some fall color in your garden cuz the trees sucked this year!

greggo said...

Cher, glad to hear from you again. It's nice to watch your garden mature through the seasons. I will be watching to see how your crape myrtles survive the winter there. Al the crape myrtles in my area froze back last winter. zone 6a.

dorothy said...

Hi Cher, It was nice to view the fall colors in your garden. I didn't know that azaleas would color! Ours are the evergreen type. I have a couple of oakleaf hydrangeas. Last year the color was pretty. We should be getting some fall color in the next week or so. How is your 'Fireglow' Japanese Maple coming along?

Malar said...

Those are beautiful sahde of Autumn colours! Very tough plant indeed!

Sissy said...

I've never heard of Centennial Spirit, but I am excited to hear there is a hardy Crape Myrtle, (at least, hardy for you...)
I am going to do more research to see if I can't have it, too!
Gorgeous photos, Cher

Ginger Zuck said...

Cher, I adore all your fall colors in your fall garden. It is just beautiful. You do a great job in your garden to have different things for different seasons.

Lea said...

What beautiful leaf colors!
We have rain here (Mississippi) today, and a lot of our leaves are blowing off the trees.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Have a blessed day!

noel said...

aloha,

your little plants will soon become beautiful contributors to your fall garden, you picked very well :)

Birdwoman said...

You have beautiful fall colors. I am envious.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Your garden always looks so great Sunray Gardens! Just look at all the wonderful Fall colours! Really lovely!

Rose said...

I've seen 'Quickfire' in bloom in different gardens, but I've never seen its fall foliage--wow! You have some beautiful fall color going in your garden.

Landbohaven said...

Hvor har du dog smukke efterårsfarver i din have endnu. Her er der ikke mange farver tilbage.
Tak for kigget.

Sunray Gardens said...

Dorothy I have actually been taking photos of my trees for a future post and it will be included. It's looking gorgeous still.
Cher

Julie said...

Gorgeous autumn colors! I have five hydrangea that need to be planted, and your photos are great inspiration to get those lovely plants in the ground! Happy GBBD!

GirlSprout said...

Cher, I love crape myrtle. I wish I could grow it here. I see it all over the place when I go visit my family in New Orleans.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I am fascinated that you have a crape myrtle - I was just thinking this summer that I never see them in England. Maybe they are here but don't flower much since there's no summer heat? Your photos capture the autumn color beautifully! XOL

Zoey said...

You still have some nice fall color! Most of my trees/shrubs are bare now. But that's OK. I am ready to hibernate inside for the next six months.

It really pays to search out shrubs for autumn color. I am paying special attention to that for my big back area that is slowly changing to shrubs.

Lrong said...

Very pretty fall colors...

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Cher
I really like the fall colour of the H. Quick Fire. I'm thinking I should look for it next spring.
Judith

*~Bru e Kiwi ~* said...

Thank you, she is a princess, right? thanks for comment, check back often!
Kiwi & Kaki

Francesca said...

You sure have a green thumb Cher! I'm a total disaster with plants. The only things I can grow are basil and sage, I tried coriander but cannot! Beautiful azaleas, I didn't even know the names, I'm learning a lot from you.

Francesca said...

You sure have a green thumb Cher! I'm a total disaster with plants. The only things I can grow are basil and sage, I tried coriander but cannot! Beautiful azaleas, I didn't even know the names, I'm learning a lot from you.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

You must be quite a bit south of me! We are done with fall colored leaves. I really like the looks of the QuickFire hydrangea. I had to look it up on the internet to see what it looks like blooming. It reminds me of my Pinky Winky hydrangea.
Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday!
Liz

Jenny said...

What Beautiful photos! Love all the Fall color...following you from the weekend blog hop...hope you will follow back :)

Eliza Kay said...

Hi! I'm your newest GFC follower from the Weekend Blog Hop. I'd love a follow back:)

I'm also hosting a hop on my blog if you're interested:)
http://elizakprints.blogspot.com/

Linda at beachside cottage said...

Love the fall colors!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda
Sand and Sea

Indie said...

What nice red fall color! I too have a problem growing azaleas (which you wouldn't think in North Carolina), due to my alkaline clay soil.

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Wie wundervoll sich deine Ziersträucher verfärben. Die roten Blätter der Hydrangea finde ich besonders schön. Meine werden im Herbst alle nur gelb und verlieren früh ihr Laub.
Gruß
Anette

Swanky Baby's Mom said...

Cute blog! Following you from the Lots of Lovin' Weekend Blog Hop. I hope you will stop by and follow Swanky Baby too!

Swanky Baby
http://swankybaby.net

Collette Osuna said...

Hello...just found your beautiful blog...new follower:) Looking forward to seeing more awesome photos!

A Funky Little Fashion Blog

Denise said...

I love this time of the year and your photos just shout Fall. Love them, thank you.

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN said...

I am a new follower and a new gardener! I cannot wait to read your blogs! I am a Dietitian who writes about child nutrition (picky eating, family recipes, making baby food, etc.). Best, Clancy
http://healthybabybeans.blogspot.com/

All Natural Katie said...

I am definitely going to like following this blog! I live in Ohio and I just started gardening a few years ago. It will be great to learn from you!

Thank you for stopping by the blog hop! I am now following you back!

Francesca said...

Thank you Cher, you're so sweet! Sayaka loves your doggies, if we had a big house she would take any stray dog she finds but we have a small apartment...just right for Rocky:)

leavesnbloom said...

I think those hydrangea shrubs are worthwhile even growing just for that spectacular autumn colour!

Amanda said...

I am a new follower, please follow me back at lefthandedideas.com.

Amy said...

Hi I am Amy and I am following you from the weekend blog hop. Beautiful garden. I hope you will stop by to follow me back.

Grace InAZ said...

Hopping and already following from 99% weekday hop. Thanks for posting more garden pix...it gives me encouragement for our yard! Hugs, GraceinAZ

PAPS said...

Wow you really have the patience to do all this. I love gardening but I dont have one. So instead I admire others. Do you like to follow each other? Let me know and will follow you right back.
www.thoughtsofpaps.com

PAPS said...

Thanks for following. Following back. Yes. I think we are both the 325th follower of each other. Isnt it amazing?
www.thoughtsofpaps.com

Pam said...

Lovely colors!! Thank you for linking up!

Lona said...

HI Cher. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Like those fall colours. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a nice weekend with your family.

Intricate Knot said...

Hopped over here from the Beck Valley Book's weekly blog hop and so glad I did! I have a brown thumb and hope I can learn something from you! :)

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful fall color from your shrubs!

Dewi said...

They are fabulous color to have in autumn!

Ohio Outdoors said...

Mine that I have did great on color too.
Craig Ohio Outdoors
Ablaze Home Improvement

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Your bushes are lovely. I would like to have the room and skills to grow some. I did plant a few in my garden across the street, but have not figured out how to prune them, and they are funny shaped right now.

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinha... Voltei de férias e tem fotos de minhas aventuras no blog. Espero que goste.
Estava com saudades.
Fica com o Papai do Céu.
Aus aus da amiga do Brasil...

KIPPY