bonfire of the vain leaves

Crape Myrtle and Viburnum 'Blue Muffin'

Crape Myrtle and Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’

A few show-offy plants take center stage this time of year. My Crape Myrtle from the Arbor Society never blooms but its incandescent burst of color more than makes up for that. Like a shadow behind it is ‘Blue Muffin’.


A closer look reveals the subtle range of colors that cause it to seem to shimmer, even on an overcast day.

Oxydendrum arboreum

Oxydendrum arboreum

The sourwood tree began a subtle shift in early September.


The beginning of a crescendo that led to this: Nothing subtle about it now.


In the green world of Delusional Drive, this little Viburnum (can’t tell you which one, since it was obviously mislabeled when I bought it) draws attention.



Soon the stormy weather will douse the flames and turn these Coleus to mush but what a glorious sendoff. Pam at Digging invites us to celebrate foliage on the 16th of every month. Click through to join the foliage fest.

10 thoughts on “bonfire of the vain leaves

  1. Flamingly beautiful! Can I ask how long you’ve had your Oxydendrum arboreum, and how much it has grown? There’s one on 33rd Ave that I’ve been watching for years now…it occurred to me the other day that it hasn’t grown much at all.

    • The Oxydendrum moved with us, so there’s that. Still, I would call it a notoriously slow grower. We’ve been here for 13+ years and we must have had it at the other place for at least 8. It is now a whopping 6′ tall.

  2. I’ll definitely check out that issue of Gardens Illustrated…thanks for the tip. Tamara tells me that you will be out our way soon. Let me know if you would like to stop by here to pick up your ‘Fen’s Ruby’.

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