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Sep 05

Shrubs for Fall Interest

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

As promised in our last post!

Shrubs for fall interest include of course Burning Bush, for it's vibrant red leaf color. Its a close cousin: the Spindle Tree has the same deep red leaf color but also has seed pods that pop in the fall to expose brilliant orange centers.

Caryopteris: A small shrub with blue flowers from August through to October.


Pee Gee Hydrangea: Beautiful large cone shaped flowers that turn pink with age, provide interest straight through the Winter.


Red Twig & Yellow Dogwood: They have just that, red and yellow branches that absolutely shine against fresh fallen snow.

Red & Yellow Dogwood~

Gray Dogwood: It has wonderful clusters of blue berries

Viburnium: Many varieties produce a show of berries in the fall from vibrant blue (Blue Muffin) to reds and pinks. The leaf color can be quite spectacular too.

Blue Muffin Viburnium~ (sorry we do not have any in stock at this time)

Holly:  The broadleaf variety which keeps there leaves year round produce a beautiful show of red berriesin the fall. However the most spectacular berry display comes on the Canadian Holly ( Ilex Verticulata) which looses its leaves to display the incredible red berries. breeders have developed many with very large berries.

Trees for fall interest include Mountain Ash which produces masses of red berries. Crabapples produce an abundance of small yellow or red fruit that persist well into the fall. Hawthorn also produces an abundance of red berries. All of these are very attractive to birds.

Mountain Ash~

Many trees have a lovely exfoliating bark that provide year round interest, even more so once the leaves have dropped. Paper Bark Maple (Acer Griseum) is a favorite. White Birch with its peeling bark is very attractive. There are many other trees that have interesting bark such as the Striped Maple, Amur Maple is a large shrub/small tree 15 to 20 feet tall that has the most brilliant red fall color& dark red/pink seeds that hang off the bare branches well into the winter.

Paper Back Maple~

Don't forget that roses will produce flowers right through until frost if they have been properly fertilized & deadheaded through out the growing season. Roses also produce orange to vibrant red hips that are gorgeous against fresh fallen snow.


These are just a few of the plants that come to mind when asked what to plant for fall. So when your garden starts to peter out late summer, just visit Oceanview Garden Centre for an abundance of choices. Happy Fall Planting!






Sep 05

Fall Pruning

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

Pruning in the fall should be kept limited.

Pruning generates new growth which may not have time to harden off before Winter.

The one exception is the 3 D's: dead, damaged or diseased.

No matter what time of the year you spot one of the 3-D's, You should remove those branches right away.

Late summer is a great time to prune (shear) evergreens and broadleaf evergreens because it gives the tender foliage ( that you exposed during pruning) time to harden off. If you prune them too late the tender growth will burn & turn an ugly brown color which if it rebounds at all, takes a very long time to green up again. Examples of this are Boxwood and Spruce hedges.


Fruit Trees and Crabapples are best pruned in the Winter. March is a great month to do this as it can coincide with your dormant spray program. Dormant Spray kits can be purchased at Oceanview Garden Centre.

Shrubs that bloom late in the year and that bloom on new wood or the current seasons growth, such as Hydrangeas & Caryopteris can be pruned in the fall as long as you do it late enough so not to generate new growth.

Most other flowering shrubs should be pruned right after they flower which is spring and early summer.

This give the shrub time to produce the next years flower buds. If you prune them too late it doesn't necessarily hurt the plant but you sacrifice the next years flowers.

 A few examples would be Forysythia, Rhododendron, Weigela and Lilac. However when flowering shrubs get overgrown, gangly, thick and unsightly, wait till the leaves drop so you can see what you are cutting and remove no more than one third of the oldest branches. cut them near ground level, as these old branches are basically useless and prevent light from getting in and restrict air circulation. Do not snip back the branches that are left as they carry your flowers for next year.

This is called rejuvenation pruning and fall is a great time to do this. Wait till the leaves drop so you can see what you are cutting.