My title is Tingshu Hu. I dwell in Dunstable, Massachusetts (Zone 5b), however I really like vegetation for hotter areas, resembling canna (Canna hybrids, Zones 8–11 or as tender bulbs), crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia, Zones 7–10), Cordyline ‘Crimson Sister’ (Zones 9–11), and lotus (Nelumbo nucifera, Zones 4–10). I began my cannas indoors and planted them open air after the final frost. They began to bloom in July 4 and ended by the primary frost. This yr the primary frost got here on Oct. 31, a couple of month later than regular, so the cannas’ flower stems grew very tall. Many of the photos have been taken on Oct. 27 and 28.
Here’s a grouping of Canna ‘Striata’, Rosa ‘America’, and Cordyline ‘Crimson Sister.’ Rosa ‘America’ is new this yr. We planted one final yr, nevertheless it was killed by voles (all of the roots have been eaten). This yr we made an underground cage to guard the brand new rose.
Redbud (Cercis canadensis, Zones 5–9), maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis, Zones 5–9), ‘Gold Mound’ spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Gold Mound’, Zone 4–8)
A number of types of Chinese language Chrysanthemum, northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium, Zones 3–8)
Cyperus papyrus (Zones 9–10) on the left, with canna, redbud, and maiden grass behind.
Searching on the backyard
Crape myrtle (the red-leaved shrub in pot), dried lotus leaves, and floss flower (Ageratum houstonianum, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) and different floor covers
Knock Out rose, maiden grass, hazelnut’s purple leaves (Corylus, Zones 4–8), Chrysanthemum
Potted crape myrtle in good purple
Anemone ‘Andrea Atkinson’ (Zones 4–8)
Fish within the backyard pond
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