Rose of Sharon (Fiji)
Many trees and shrubs look tired at the end of summer, however others are continuing to bloom and even look their best as cool weather approaches. Some summer bloomers that are still going strong into fall include Rose of Sharon and PeeGee Hydrangea.
PeeGee Hydrangea have undergone an explosion of new varieties in recent years. While the classic PeeGee (short for the latin
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) Hydrangea is a staple of an old farm house garden in New Hampshire, newer varieties can be used anywhere in the garden. Flower forms vary from a tight, traditional ball shaped flower to an elongated cone. As the temperatures drop, rich pinks and finally burgundy hues emerge. Newer varieties are more compact, in the 6-8’ tall range, and tiny Bobo puts on an enormous flower show at only 3’ tall.
Rose of Sharon are a towering shrub, usually growing from 8’ to 12’ tall with abundant hibiscus shaped flowers from late July through September. Colors range from whites to pinks to purples, often with a contrasting red center to the flowers. Check out ‘Lil Kim Rose of Sharon if you only have room for a 3-4’ tall shrub.
Many trees and shrubs start to show off fall interest in ways other than flowers, including the beautiful fall foliage New Hampshire is famous for, as well as ornamental seed pods.
Maple Trees for brilliant fall foliage in your landscape, consider our native maples, like Sugar Maple and Red Maple. A compact shrub with fall foliage that can’t be beat is Fothergilla, an explosion of yellow, red and orange, often on the same leaf. Some varieties of Japanese Maple also shine with Fall foliage, consider ‘Ever Red’ for a bright show of lacy red leaves.
For other fall interest, consider the decorative seed pods of a Dogwood tree or the fall blooming tree, Seven-Son Flower (Heptecodium miconioides), which has clusters of white flowers that are followed by even showier red calyces.
My Pro Tip! Perennial roots need at least 3 weeks (ideally 6 weeks) to establish themselves before the ground freezes. My recommendation – the sooner you plant the better!
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