Japanese Maples: What you don't want to miss in November

In the Japanese Garden we have more maples then we can count. In early November there are a few that quickly take the leap to red but most of them are a beautiful yellow-green. The pictures below were taken in the first weeks of November.

By mid November the Garden is filled with reds, oranges and yellows.

Then we reach peak week. The date fluctuates from year to year, we need warm days and cold nights. In the last few years peak week has landed on Thanksgiving weekend.

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The color winds down over the next few weeks. The color technically lasts until mid December. The pictures below were taken on December 5th 2014.

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Mums: What you don't want to miss in October

October is here, and with it comes hints of Fall. In the Garden we take this chance to plant mums throughout, with 650 of them planted at the front of the Garden and in the Garden Center. According to our Senior Horticulturalist Steve Huddleston "Mums are the perfect fall plant, with a 2-3 week bloom time. They can be used as decorations or to give the yard extra color, and they come in perfect fall colors: orange, red, and yellow."

The fall display in the Garden Center made of potted mums, ornamental peppers and pumpkins is a beautiful example of how to make a display using mums.

Large Mums are placed in pots and placed through out the Japanese Garden. Its a great way to add color to the Garden before the fall color starts.

Mums are one of our most popular plants at Plant Sale (Oct 9th 2-7pm and Oct 10th 9am-2pm) we always have a wide range of color from burgundy to white. They are a perennial but in order to get them to bloom in the fall the buds must be pinched until July 15.