By Chuck Gleaves
I searched all the pictures I have taken in October over the last six years and found far more blooming perennials than I could mention here. Many of them begin blooming in August or September but carry on well into October such as Japanese anemones. One of my favorites is Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’. There are also lots of different Asters and ornamental grasses that meet this descripton. For example, I particularly enjoy my ground hugging Aster ericoides ‘Snowflurry’ in combination with various upright stonecrops like Hylotelephium x ‘Autumn Joy’. Curiously, despite the name (Autumn Joy) the upright stonecrop is finished blooming by October, but remnants of the flowers still make a nice companion for my Aster.
Aster ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’ flowering with Hylotelephium x ‘Autumn Joy’ on October 14th.
By Laura Mast
This is the time of year when the temperature starts to drop, and plants begin to go dormant for the winter. There are numerous plants that you can bring in for the winter to keep from dying. At Kingwood, we start bringing in plants from the gardens that we will use in our designs for the next year’s garden displays. One of the plants that we bring in to save is Pennisetum (ornamental grass).
By Glenna Sheaffer
One way to keep herbs for years – especially tender perennials and shrubs – is to dig them and pot them up and bring them into the house over the winter. Of course, this works best for smaller plants that do not take up too much room. Clean off all the old discolored and dead leaves and flowers so they look tidy. This is now a houseplant in your home so it should look nice. You can cut off some far-ranging stems so the plants are more compact and will fit well on your windowsill. Try to leave about 2” of foliage left on the stems. The plant can be further cut back as it puts out new growth lower down the stem. Finish with a plant that has good foliage and maybe flowers to carry it through the winter. Herbs need direct sunlight in the winter so setting them in a South, East or West window would be ideal. Sunlight is weak in the winter so the longer you can have them in the sun the better.
By Doug Schuster
Spring is an exciting time at Kingwood; it begins with our big kick off in the garden with the appearance of our Tulip display along with other spring bulbs in late April to early May. While the beauty of the blooming bulbs is enjoyable and a display as large as Kingwood’s is not commonplace, what most don’t realize is how long that display has been in the works. The spring bulb display is an 11-month process which begins as early as June with the design and selection of bulbs to be planted for the following year. Once we have ordered our bulbs, we then await their arrival; most tulip bulbs come all the way from Holland. They usually arrive sometime between the 3rd to 4th week of September. Here at Kingwood, we will store the bulbs until we remove our annual display and prep our landscape beds. Once the beds have been prepared, we will plant the bulbs. Usually, this takes place in mid to late October. Once planted we wait for the show.