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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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My Garden in Late September

Fall colors are making an appearance in my garden. Plants soaked up the rains of hurricane Isaac and many were able to burst into their full fall splendor. Here are some  highlights for me.
  • White impatiens glisten in the rain
  • Berries turn bright red on cotoneaster shrubs
  • Tropical hibiscus looks like orange sherbet
  • Autumn Joy Sedum start fall coloring with a pale pink. By the way, the pinching and staking I did earlier this summer is paying off. The plants make a much better show when they aren't falling onto the ground.
  • Pansy replaced alyssum in containers for a fresh new fall look
  • Celosia spikes in purple do the same
  • Asters!!!
  • Ornamental peppers in peak color
  • Red admiral butterfly on Mexican zinnia
  • Cardinal climber vines are going crazy! Note how they have climbed into the tree on the picture with the gate and arbor.
  • Bananas and elephant ear still make dramatic statement by the pool
  • Herb garden full and ready for harvest

What was your favorite plant this summer?


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