Fall in South Carolina – FineGardening

Johanna Smith right here in Aiken, South Carolina, with pleasures and treasures from my fall backyard.

close up of Meyer lemon tree

My Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri, Zones 8–11) has develop into as huge as my shed, and I’m hoping for many lemons subsequent yr.

banana plant with a light pink flower in bloom

This a banana plant (Musa sp.) given to me by a neighbor. I don’t know what selection it’s, and neither does she, nevertheless it was fairly a shock to see this lovely flower from my bed room window. The hummingbirds like it too. If I get bananas, that shall be a bonus.

close up of prickly pear cactus fruit

My prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) is exhibiting off with giant purple fruit, which provides coloration to my fall backyard.

close up of a large arborvitae shrub

This can be a large, 14-year-old arborvitae (Thuja sp., Zones 5–8) bought at a nursery yard sale. We’ve named it “The Deluxe Chook Resort.” It’s a house to mockingbirds, blue jays, and lots of different birds.

small garden bed with large rock and blue agave

My neighbor gave me these lovely blue-hued vegetation. She calls them century vegetation. Whether or not they’re agave or mangave, I don’t know, however I really like the blue coloration. (Editor’s notice: They seem like Agave americana, Zones 8–10.) In March of this yr they had been barely seen above the soil.

close up of a tomato plant
close up of Osmanthus fragrans

The tomato plant I planted in late July rewarded me with tomatoes. Thus far I’ve picked a number of for salad and sandwicheMy osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans, Zones 7–10) had been in full bloom, and the scent was pleasant. Osmanthus flowers could also be small, however they pack an intense scent that fills a complete backyard.

close up of small tree with dark, almost black foliage

My ‘Black Diamond’ crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘Black Diamond’, Zones 6–10) obtained in on the act. The darkish foliage is a pleasant distinction to the yellow and brilliant inexperienced surrounding it.

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