Connecticut Color in November–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Evergreen shrubs provide most of the color in my Connecticut garden for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Holly’s red berries contrast beautifully with its dark green leaves.


Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris), a Connecticut native, shows off its ruby red leaf color against backdrops of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), another Connecticut native, and carex.


Pieris andromeda similarly plays red against green.


These workhorse shrubs will provide most of the color contrast in my gardens throughout winter. But in mid-November color also holds on elsewhere.

Spiraea Double Play Artist, a Proven Winners shrub I received as a trial plant in 2011, is not yet ready to stop attracting attention.


This compact shrub is expected to grow to about two and one-half feet tall and wide. It is fast becoming one of my favorites, showing red-tinged new growth that matures to dark green, and dark pink blossoms in spring. With deadheading, the shrub will rebloom through autumn, when the leaves again provide seasonal color.

Just out of the shot of the spiraea above is a shrub rose, and this is where I found the best surprise of the morning.


Through super storm Sandy, an early Nor’easter snowfall, and nighttime temperatures into the high 20’s, this little rose managed to push out one more bloom … as if she wanted to be the November 2012 star of the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post from joene’s garden.

She succeeded.

To see the stars blooming in gardens all over the world please visit May Dreams Gardens where Carol kindly hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.

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7 comments for “Connecticut Color in November–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. November 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    How I love to see that delicate pink bloom right now. What a pretty surprise. I am enjoying spirea’s rich golden orange fall foliage right now (I have Ogon) and your little one is great. I’ve never heard of the one you are trialling, but it’s a nice compact shape for a spirea, and has great color. Nice dark pink blooms too! You’ll have to post about it in spring.

    • November 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Laurrie, I’ve been collecting photos of this spirea for a future post. What size does Ogon reach?

  2. November 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Spirea Ogon gets very big and bushy, about four feet all around or bigger. It has finer wispier foliage so it doesn’t look bulky — it’s really a beautiful shrub — but it does get large.

  3. Sue
    November 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

    None roses made it to November bloom day here. I have both Spirea Ogon and a Double Play and although both have continued to hold onto their leaves, they have not colored up as nicely. If I had to guess, I’d say not enough sun-somewhat the garden story of my life :).

    Happy Bloom Day Joene!

    • November 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Sue, I empathize with your lack of sun. I dealt with the same until we had to take some trees down. Now I have plenty of sun and few places to tuck in shade lovers. These things keep us on our toes.

  4. November 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

    What a lovely surprise! Your foliage adds gorgeous color to the autumn garden. I hope you weren’t too badly affected by Sandy.

    • November 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Julie, We were very lucky that Sandy only took a few small trees on the edges of our woods…absolutely no reason to complain. Thank you for stopping by.

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