Smith County Master Gardener
The garden is, at this time, a bit tattered, and compared with a month ago; however some of our old standbys give it splashes of brilliant color here and there. Take Oakleaf Hydrangea. It gave us beautiful white blooms in spring and now it gives us beautiful red foliage. You are drawn to it as you round the path in the IDEA Garden as its huge red leaves demand your attention.
When the huge leaves finally drop, the interesting exfoliating trunks will give winter interest.
Right now is a perfect time to plant shrubs and trees. Choose ones that provide interest more than one season. There are so many.
Soon the leaves will drop and we will be able to see all our trees in silhouette. Notice the lacy foliage against the winter sky or against a sunset. It will thrill you.
Plants of all kinds make East Texas the beautiful place it is.
Dee Bishop writes about plants growing in Tyler Rose Garden.