1. Shades of smokebush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) as we move into fall.  

  2. Hydrangeas in the early fall. They are starting to shade toward darker pinks.

  3. We are starting to see more and more signs of fall as the days begin to be colder.  This fallen Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) leaf is an especially nice shade of red.

  4. Water lilies in the reflecting pool by the amphitheater.  They close each night and then open as the sun gets higher in the sky.

  5. 27 lilacs are now in the ground and our new lilac collection has begun. They are planted in the area below the Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden and we’re looking forward to springtime when they bloom.

  6. Gardener Timothy Tilghman pruned the mimosa Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ and the branches, while destined for the compost heap, have their own beauty.

  7. What is the foo dog thinking as it looks out at the lower terrace of the Walled Garden?

  8. One tiny light yellow leaf like a star in a field of green.  The leaf is from the columnar sweetgum that is to the left out of frame and the green is a combination of Tiarella and Angelica polymorpha.  

    The sweetgum leaves are falling slowly right now so if you pass by you’re likely to just see one or two.  This will change in the coming weeks.

  9. Monochromatic. A study in shades of green. Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’ (variegated korean dogwood) overhanging Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese forest grass). 

  10. Mixed Border. Annuals, perennials and shrubs coexisting in contrasting harmony. Annuals Ipomea batatas ‘Marguerite’, Cleome Senorita Roasalita®, Coleus ‘Kiwi Fern’ & ‘Big Blond’ and Lantana ‘Trailing Lavender’ commingle with perennial Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ punctuated with the small shrubby Rabdosia longituba and Abelia x ‘Mardi Gras’