A Walk around the November Garden

Instead of a video I thought I would take you on a walk around the garden with photos this month. It means I can focus on particular plants (and look up the names I have forgotten! ๐Ÿ˜‰).

So get yourself a cup of something warming and join me on the tour. โ˜€๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ

First of all, a frosty morning view of the Oval Bed ย with the new (unfinished) Moon Bed behind it. (More on the Moon Bed in another post). The grasses are Stipa tenuissima and Miscanthus ‘Federweisser’.

Stipa tenuissima and Miscanthus Federweisser

The Butterfly Bed is still quite pink! It is home to a wonderful pink Aster and a lovely pink Chrysanthemum – ‘Anastasia’ – that is unperturbed by rain and frost..

Let’s have a closer look…

The other side of the Butterfly Bed has been widened and I hope to make it look more interesting that side too next summer. There are already some Asters which have mostly gone over now, and Geranium Rozanne has been added to this side for summer interest. I have also planted some bulbs on this side.

Rozanne is still flowering, even after several frosts!

The sedums are turning brown, but as long as they remain standing I will not chop them down. The tall grass in the background is Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’.

Now let’s look at the Herb Bed.

A couple of the Stipa grasses have been replaced with seedlings. They do produce an awful lot of seedlings but they are very easy to remove and replant.

A surprise bloom or two on the Echinacea and Geum are providing the last splashes of colour in this bed.

Moving across to the Oval Bed now, you can see some Verbena bonariensis still standing. On the right is Miscanthus Federweisser. It really does have very silvery seedheads… the palest I have seen. It is for that reason that I planted the same one in the Moon Bed.

These are the seedheads of Echinacea ‘Green Envy’…

And a dear little Polygonum/Bistorta affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’ that has appeared in vases on and off all year. It flowers all summer, with shades varying from very pale pink to bright red, and I think the seedheads and foliage are also attractive, especially at this time of year.

The pale pink Arctanthemum arctica that I featured in a vase a few weeks ago has now gone over, but after removing the flower stalks the foliage below was surprisingly fresh and I am hoping it will remain green a bit longer.

Another Chrysanthemum (C. indicum ‘Oury’) is open in this bed too. A lovely deep pinky red. It should get a bit bushier by next year.

So if you are still with me (!) let’s have a quick look at the Sunshine Bed…

The Helianthus had to come out as they were mildewy. I shall leave the rest of the perennials standing as long as possible.

Here is a Chrysopsis still in flower…

And the lovely very late flowering Aster ericoides ‘Schneetanne’…

And finally a glimpse towards the Larch ‘Forest’ beyond the Sunshine Bed…

And looking back towards the Oval, Butterfly and Moon Beds. Eventually these will all be linked up… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for joining me. I hope you enjoyed the tour. I will share some pictures of the containers in the yard soon as well.


Wishing you some autumn sunshine. All my photos were taken over the past week, but since Monday we are in thick fog again today with no prospect of it clearing for a few days!

Happy gardening!


25 thoughts on “A Walk around the November Garden

    • Hi Susie. I have only brought a few plants from the old garden, partly because I don’t want to bring the dreaded weed – ground elder – here by mistake! Almost all the new plants I have put in were in 9cm pots – tiny, but well-rooted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Oh, smart plan then. Hadn’t understood your ground elder was an issue. When I built my current garden I carried here lots of plants from the previous garden. Some I cherish but many I wish I’d left behind. The soil and light are quite different in this garden and many have turned out to be aggressive thugs. Well anyway, you’ve made a great start to the new garden beds.

  1. I prefer the photographs to a video as our connection is not good enough for many of the videos. There is a lot going on still in your garden. I liked the Chrysopsis. All my Asters are finished, it would be lovely to have some late flowering ones. Amelia

    • I can really recommend this white aster Amelia. It started flowering around Nov 1st and looks wonderful when the sun catches it. A shame about your internet connection… hope you are able to keep in touch with family okay. I have been using Facetime with my parents in the UK.

  2. Cathy you have divine beds, I love how much space you have of grass as a garden with the forest in the background: it is a fairy tale. I love all your herbs, especially the Miscanthus and Stipa tenuissima. I love your Chrysanthemums, the pinks and reds. The Rozanne continues to flourish in frost: it is brave and it is divine. The Polygonum with its reddish-pink tone I love. The Chrysopsis in bloom with its yellow color is divine. Aster ericoides I love it. Cathy you have a wonderful garden, enjoy it. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒผ

  3. It is lovely watching these beds grow and mature. A fresh slate is a dreamy thing! I’m keeping an eye on your tree grove, too. I can imagine them in a few years – they’ll be fabulous!

    • I had to replace one of the larches… mice and voles have caused a lot of damage everywhere this year. But we just keep on planting and remain optimistic that some of it at least will survive! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I have trouble with voles mainly in winter. We made hardware cloth collars for around the trunks of tender new trees after sustaining damage many years ago. They are about 12″ tall x the circumference, plus extra for growth allowance. We take them off in spring, but you may need to keep them on for a few years if your damage is in summer. They work well, just make sure that the are wide enough not to damage the growing tree. Once the bark gets tough enough, we don’t have to use them.

        • Thank you for that suggestion Eliza. The damage we have had so far though is underground, at the roots. Neighbours have suggested wire cages for young fruit trees or shrubs, but they are unfeasible for larger trees, and we are still planning on planting quite a lot of trees if we can find suppliers… seams everyone is doing gardening and home projects this year! We are going to put up posts for the birds of prey and have mown the grass very low for winter. So I hope we will get lots of hungry buzzards etc visit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Those trees of yours are coming along well too, although you didn’t mention them in the post – I am really intrigued how everything is going to join up, and admire the vision you must have had to plan for such a large area. This post certainly shows the impact that all your grasses make too

    • Well, the plan for beds changes as I go along, partly due to seeing what works and where the wind can cause problems. But the basic outline remains the same (and a spot is reserved for a greenhouse! ๐Ÿ˜‰) There will definitely be a lot more grasses! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  5. I didn’t realize how ‘big’ you were thinking with your plans! The beds are nice, trees were going in, but seeing the wider view shows how it’s all starting to link together. Wow! I’m also intrigued by the allee off the side of the house, I’ve never noticed it before. Do they line the drive to the house? What kind of trees are they, birch? Hornbeam? Things are looking so good already, I can’t believe how fast it’s coming together ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Frank. Yes, hornbeams. Love them! They were planted along the drive when the house was (re)built (before we even saw the property), so are the oldest in the garden. The gate is up near the pine trees and a lane leads to the main road, so we are pretty well off the beaten track. I managed to get a lot done this year and have plans for the next bed already. ๐Ÿค— We put in two more trees last week… Liquidambur. Gorgeous autumn colour. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  6. Absolutely awesome!

    Iโ€™ve always tried to grow things, gardens mostly. I just donโ€™t have the green thumb…

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