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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - November 2021

  There's not a lot of blooms in the November garden but a few scattered here and there. We've not had a hard frost yet but a lot of rain and heavy winds. Some leaves remain on the trees but most are already stripped bare. Aster 'Monte Cassino' is really beautiful and the photo doesn't do it justice. This is out next to the street and I see people stopping to admire it.   Not blooms but berries - Callicarpa 'Profusion' (Beautyberry)   Fatsia   Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' still going strong   This is the most stunning fuchsia and of course I don't have the name. A neighbor gave it to us and the label read 'Landscape Fuchsia'.   Mahonia 'Charity' (Oregon Grape)   Pennisetum '24 Karat' (Fountain Grass) Schizostylis (Cape Lily), a gift from Sean Hogan     Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue'   Rose 'Playboy' Rose 'Lady of Shallot' Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton' Rose 'Golden Celebration'  I will wrap this up wit

Fall Colors

The fall colors have really been kicking in these past weeks. I've made a video with live shots of the most colorful plants in the garden right now. 


 Or, if you'd rather just see the photos -

Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus 'Rudy Haag' and Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)


Birch (Betula pendula 'Trost's Dwarf')



Amsonia hubrichtii


Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' ((Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’))


Vine Maple 'Pacific Fire' (Acer circinatum)


Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss'


Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)


Bloodtwig Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire')



Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)


Redbud (Cercis 'Rising Sun')



Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Celestial Shadow')


Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Wolf's Eyes')


Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)


Redbud (Cercis 'Hearts of Gold') and 'Pacific Fire' vine maple in back

Pomegranate (Punica granantum 'Crimson Sky')

Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku')

Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance')

Stewartia psuedocamellia


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Love how you designed in some good strong color for fall!

  2. Love how you designed in some good strong color for fall!

  3. I loved the video tour.... causes me to wonder why we close garden tours so early, but then again it does rain here regularly by October! Your garden is lovely in the fall.

  4. Autumn is my favorite season in large part because of the amazing colors that paint our gardens. Your garden is an excellent example of that. I'm in love with the potted Pomegranate!

  5. I love all that foliage color! We don't get anything like that in my part of SoCal. I've only a handful of plants that color-up at all but I probably won't see anything from them for another month or more.

  6. Lots and lots of color--it is beautiful. I love the photo of the Amsonia with the 'Rozanne' flowers popping up through it.

  7. Good camerawork and editing on the video as well!


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