What's in bloom at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Archive for October, 2009

>Oct. 27-Nov. 2

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard Water Channel you will find:
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea); a white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest, leaves turn brilliant orange, red, yellow in fall if planted in sunny location

In the Westview Terrace:
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Witch Alder). Compact, slow-growing, deciduous shrub with fragrant spring flowers and superior fall colour.

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In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ (Switch Grass).; upright blue-green foliage shorter than other varieties, bright yellow for fall

In the Westview Terrace:
Acer palmatum var. dissectum (Dissectum Viride Group) (Japanese Maple) ; dwarf, mounded with cascading branches; green leaves turn yellow to red – orange here! for fall

Also in the Westview Terrace:
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Inaba-Shidare’ (Japanese Maple); deep purple-red in summer, leaves turn brilliant crimson in fall

>October 20-27

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In the Garden Hall Courtyard, you will find:
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ (Japanese Maple); known for its lacy dissected leaves, this variety is considered a dwarf reaching four to six feet in height with dark red summer leaves turning crimson in autumn.

In the Waterfall Garden:

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Maiden Grass); a favourite since Victorian days with silver-veined leaves. A late-bloomer, flowering well into winter

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:

Betula nigra (River Birch); Zone 4, prefers moist areas, may be grown as a muti-stemmed plant. This species is better known for its beautiful, peeling bark than its foliage

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:

Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’ (Golden Fullmoon Maple); yellow-green leaves of summer turn gold on inside and red on the margins in autumn

In the Show Garden:
Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’ (Stonecrop Sedum); a selection of Dragon’s Blood Sedum, a groundcover mat-forming with larger deep bronze maroon leaves

>October 13-20

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In the Knot Garden you will find:
Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ (Creeping Juniper). It is one of the finest groundcover junipers, in this photo touched by an early Autumn frost

On the North Side of the Kitchen Fence:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree). A large forest tree native to Japan, Zone 4, outstanding Autumn display of yellow to apricot fall colour

In the Show Garden:
Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ (Purple Beautyberry). Delicate pink flowers in summer are followed by beautiful purple berries in fall. A difficult combination to beat!

Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ (Burning Bush) Spiral Mound; a dense, compact variety great for small gardens

In the Arrival Courtyard:

Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens (Flame Grass). Silver flowers sit atop foliage which has changed to brilliant orange-red for fall. It will remain standing through winter.

>October 6-13

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find:
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Waterfall’ (Japanese Maple). A beautiful weeping laceleaf Japanese Maple perfect as a specimen. Brilliant colour in the fall!

In the Show Garden South:

Cotoneaster divaricatus (Spreading Cotoneaster). Briliant red berries on strong stems of glossy green foliage. This plant is great all-season!!
In the Entry Garden:
Geranium wlassovianum (Hardy Geranium). Its foliage has changed to a rich red for fall

Also in the Entry Garden :

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (Blue Star) with seed heads of Stachys macrantha ‘Rosea’ (Big Betony). Both will be left standing as part of the Winter garden. The amsonia has changed to a golden yellow for fall.