What's Blooming?

Every month is beautiful at Arborcrest, with the landscape intentionally designed to produce a variety of colors all year round. The brilliant winterberries in the colder months, the variety of shades in the conifers,  the brightly colored flowers in spring and summer, and the spectacular Autumn splendor will delight your soul and senses. 

Visit this page often as we continue to build our bloom and featured plant schedule by month. Scroll through our photo galleries to find what you might see on your visit to Arborcrest Gardens!

November

In the High Country, November is the gateway to winter. In some years, fall color comes early and all of the native deciduous trees are bare by Halloween. In 2021, we were treated to an extraordinarily long (and late) season of color, and some trees were still sporting bright colors into the second week of November.

 

At Arborcrest, several of our trees turn later than the native varieties. We also grow ornamental grasses, evergreens and other plants that provide color to the landscape, even in winter months.

Ornamental grass
Ornamental grass

In designing your landscape, contrasting colors and textures add a "pop" to your garden.

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Southern valley at Arborcrest
Southern valley at Arborcrest

An early November view of the southern valley of Arborcrest. Most of the native trees have lost their leaves, but still plenty to see in the gardens!

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High bridge valley
High bridge valley

In a landscape view of the northeastern side of Arborcrest, you'll see a variety of colors, even when the fall season comes to a close.

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Ornamental grass
Ornamental grass

In designing your landscape, contrasting colors and textures add a "pop" to your garden.

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October

There's a reason October is the busiest season for tourists in the High Country. And at Arborcrest Gardens, the color is pretty spectacular! Weather conditions and temperature can vary the timing of leaves changing and autumn flowers blooming, but there is always beauty to be found.

Chrysanthemums dominate the floral display in fall, with some of our Hydrangeas hanging in there through mid-late October. The winter berries bring rich color to the landscape. And of course, the fantastic fall foliage takes the stage, both in the gardens and in the surrounding scenery.

Clethra acuminata 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush'
Clethra acuminata 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush'

Visit our covered bridge, surrounded by colorful fall foliage, hydrangeas and wooded greenery. The 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush' leaves turn bright yellow, against the deep reddish brown turn and branches.

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Maples and more
Maples and more

What a symphony of color on this bank in late October! The deep red of the 'Aconitifolium' (Fullmoon Maple), the orange-red of the 'Viridis' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple), the yellowing 'Copper Harbor' (Creeping Juniper) and the lime green Delosperma nubigenum (Hardy Ice Plant.)

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Broccoli, one of our favorite fall crop vegetables.

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Clethra acuminata 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush'
Clethra acuminata 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush'

Visit our covered bridge, surrounded by colorful fall foliage, hydrangeas and wooded greenery. The 'Cinnamon Bark Pepperbush' leaves turn bright yellow, against the deep reddish brown turn and branches.

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September

The days start getting cooler in September, and we wind up our summer vegetable garden and begin preparing for fall crops.

Many of our Hydrangeas begin to darken in color and are spectacular in September. The leaves of a few Japanese Maples begin to change.

Late summer blossoms — Anemones, Goldenrods and fall annuals perfume the air.

Fall scene
Fall scene

Visit the pumpkin patch to get ready for the arrival of Autumn.

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Anemone 'Queen Charlotte' (Japanese Anemone)
Anemone 'Queen Charlotte' (Japanese Anemone)

These clump-forming Japanese anemone flowers bloom late summer through early fall.

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon/Gold Rush' (Dawn Redwood)
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon/Gold Rush' (Dawn Redwood)

Dawn Redwood trees with knockout roses in the foreground

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Fall scene
Fall scene

Visit the pumpkin patch to get ready for the arrival of Autumn.

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August

August is the time to revel in the Hydrangeas and Hibiscus at Arborcrest. We've tested many varieties, and the beauty of these showy late summer blossoms will not disappoint!

You'll find the butterfly bushes swarming with butterflies, the wooded areas lush with ferns and hostas, and many annual and perennial flowers at their peak beauty.

The vegetable garden is loaded with ripe berries, tomatoes, eggplants, okra, corn and squash.

Koelreuteria paniculata 'September' (Golden Rain Tree)
Koelreuteria paniculata 'September' (Golden Rain Tree)

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Helleborus 'Victoria' (Hybrid Lenten Rose)
Helleborus 'Victoria' (Hybrid Lenten Rose)

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Astilbe chinensis var taquetii 'Superba' (Chinese Astilbe)
Astilbe chinensis var taquetii 'Superba' (Chinese Astilbe)

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Koelreuteria paniculata 'September' (Golden Rain Tree)
Koelreuteria paniculata 'September' (Golden Rain Tree)

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