October E-News from Viette's                        Volume 10: No. 10

Lori Jones, Editor                                                                                          October/2014

Butterflies flock to Helianthus blooms in the fall.
ctober comes alive
with the bright colors
of the fall season!

Hardy mums, colorful asters, beautiful Japanese anemones, pumpkins and gourds, whispering ornamental grasses.
Color your season with beautiful fall blooming perennials.
Quick Links
'Viette's Fire King'
'Viette's Fire King'

 30% OFF 

All potted daylilies in
our garden center!

Through October
Plant of the Month
Hardy pampas grass makes a stunning backdrop for Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore'.
Hardy pampas grass makes a stunning backdrop for
Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore'.
Beautiful fall bloomers that extend the gardening season 

Autumn can be one of the most exciting seasons of the year in your garden if you just know the right plants to include in your landscape!  

It is amazing how many beautiful perennials are still in full bloom in September and October and some of the late flowering perennials are just beginning to burst into color at this time.

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

If your gardens are lacking in color at the end of summer, it's time to add some fall dazzle! The garden in autumn can be a new beginning of fresh blooms and robust color. The following are suggestions of perennials and shrubs that will bring your gardens alive with color in the fall. 

Butterflies love the fall blooming asters!
Butterflies love the
fall blooming asters!

Aster -

Asters are some of the most colorful of the fall bloomers. These hardy natives are robust, drought resistant, and very floriferous. They come in a variety of colors from white to hot pink to rich purple and all attract loads of butterflies.  

Aster n.a. 'Alma Potschke' has vivid pink blooms.
Aster n.a. 'Alma Potschke' has
vivid pink blooms.

Japanese anemone - 

Japanese anemones make a real statement in the Viette gardens in the fall. Andr� uses mass plantings in many of his berm gardens and they are truly spectacular! They come in a wide range of colors from white to pink to deep rose and in single flowers or semi-double to double flowers.  

Japanese anemones fill the Viette gardens with color in autumn
Japanese anemones fill the Viette gardens with color in autumn
Fluffy seedheads of Japanese anemone
Fluffy seed heads of
Japanese anemone
Chrysanthemum -
Super Hardy Fall "Mums"

Just as the poinsettia has come to represent the Christmas holiday season, the brightly colored fall blooming "mums" have become a symbol of autumn! For the shrewd gardener, the October gardens can come alive each year with the colorful blooms of super hardy mums in an array of pinks, apricots, reds, and yellows. These long-lived hardy forms are a delight both in the garden and as long-lasting cut flowers. Be sure to look for the super hardy varieties!  

Beautiful super hardy chrysanthemums will come back year after year.
Beautiful super hardy chrysanthemums will come back year after year.
A beautiful apricot colored hardy mum
A beautiful apricot colored
hardy mum
Helianthus -
This perennial sunflower is a must for its dazzling golden blooms that practically glow in the late afternoon autumn sun. Watch while butterflies flock to the profusion of blooms which also make excellent cut flowers. Helianthus is drought tolerant once established.
Hellianthus salicifolius produces masses of vibrant yellow blooms.
Hellianthus salicifolius produces masses of vibrant yellow blooms.
Sedum -
You can't beat sedum for performance and diversity in the garden. Sedum 'Neon' is stunning in the fall garden with bright pink flowers. Another great cultivar is 'Vera Jameson' which has beautiful bronze-purple foliage and deep pink flowers. Sedum is attractive throughout the season but really shines in the fall.
Fall garden with Sedum
Vibrant blooms of Sedum 'Neon'
light up this fall garden
Sedum Vera Jameson
Sedum 'Vera Jameson'
Perovskia - Russian Sage
With its silvery-blue aromatic foliage and spikes of lavender flowers, Russian sage is a true knock-out in the late summer and fall garden. Perovskia is drought tolerant once established and deer resistant. It tolerates alkaline soil and seaside conditions. Butterflies flock to the flowers which bloom from July to frost.

Perovskia has fragrant silvery foliage and vibrant blue flowers.
Perovskia has fragrant silvery foliage and vibrant blue flowers.
Perovskia is beautiful in the summer and fall garden
Perovskia is beautiful in the
summer and fall garden
Ornamental Grasses -
Although it is interesting to watch them grow and change with the seasons, these beautiful grasses really come into their prime in the fall. They create an excellent backdrop for other fall bloomers and provide beauty through the winter.
Wispy plumes of Miscanthus against the November sky.
Wispy plumes of Miscanthus against the fall sky.
Join Our List

Join Our Mailing List
Gardening Questions?
Andre  answers a listener's question during a broadcast of 'In the Garden'

Listen to Andre
on the radio every Saturday morning from 8:00-11:00 on 
"In the Garden  
with Andre Viette"
Click for a station list or listen live from our flagship station WSVA. 
Listen to podcasts.  


Viette Discussion Board
Having trouble
getting through on
the radio?
isit our Discussion Board for answers to your gardening questions. Use the convenient search key to see if we have already addressed your problem!


Don't see the answer? Post your question!


It's EASY, just register  

as a member.  


Please provide your city and state so we are better able answer your question.  


Tip of the Month 
Beyond Flowers - Color in the Fall Garden
Fall can be a "brown" time in the perennial garden unless you plan your garden carefully to provide color and interest through this beautiful "season of maturity".
Sourwood tree dons brilliant red autumn foliage.
Sourwood tree dons brilliant
red autumn foliage.
There are many plants that will make your landscape "pop" in the fall and keep your gardens looking attractive all the way to frost and even beyond!  
Fall is actually my favorite time of the year. The color on the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous, the days are warm, and the night air becomes crisp. It's a great time to be in the garden!
Think Outside the Box   
Often when we think of color in the garden, we think primarily of flowers. In the fall garden, color can come from much more than just flowers!
These beautiful orange crabapples brighten the fall garden.
These beautiful orange crabapples brighten the fall garden.
So many perennials, trees, and shrubs have gorgeous fall foliage or bright berries or showy seed heads or beautiful flowers that dry right in the garden! When choosing plants to put in the garden, it's fun to think beyond the flowers. What will the plant look like when it's finished blooming? Will it contribute to the overall beauty of the garden when the flowers are spent? This is not to say that every plant you put in your garden has to have all season interest - that would be pretty hard. The trick is to intersperse perennials, trees, and shrubs that have fall interest into your overall plan.
What Should I Plant? 
The best way to choose the plants with beautiful fall color and interest is to visit established gardens and see for yourself those that make a spectacular show. The gardens at Viette's showcase an incredible diversity of trees, shrubs, evergreens, and perennials that are in their full glory and take center stage in the fall of the year.
Colorful coleus
Coleus has colorful foliage
that lasts until frost.
Consider the fabulous foliage of annuals like the colorful Coleus, ornamental grasses like Leatherleaf Sedge (Carex buchananii), or trees like the beautiful Sourwood! 

Shrubs and small trees with colorful berries make great accents in the fall garden. One of my favorite shrubs for producing stunning
Bright purple berries of Callicarpa
Bright purple berries of Callicarpa
berries is Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry). In early fall, vibrant purple berries line the arching stems of this3-4 foot deciduous shrub.
, both evergreen and deciduous, also provide bright berries (usually red but there are even some cultivars that produce blue berries) in the fall.
Ilex 'Sparkleberry' brightens the winter garden at Viette's.
Ilex 'Sparkleberry' brightens the winter garden at Viette's.
Personally, I'm partial to the deciduous hollies, Ilex verticillata, because the red berries along the branches are even more striking after the leaves drop. Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush) and the native Sourwood tree have stunning red fall foliage that provides a vibrant focal point in the fall garden.
Showy seed heads & dried flowers  
snow lays on a dried hydrangea flower
Snow lays on a dried
hydrangea flower
Many perennials provide interest in the fall garden by virtue of what remains after the petals fall. Siberian iris, oriental poppies, Japanese anemones, peonies, coneflowers, and yucca all produce interesting seed pods if the spent flower stems are allowed to remain in the garden through fall and winter. Astilbe, hydrangea, Joe Pye Weed, sedum, ornamental grasses, and goldenrod have flowers which dry nicely right in the garden providing interest and color well into winter. There are so many wonderful plants that have interest "beyond flowers"!
a trip to our nursery and gardens in the colorful Shenandoah Valley this fall and revel in the glorious fall colors all around you! You won't be disappointed!

Plants for Outstanding Fall Color and Interest  
Amsonia hubrichtii - foliage 
Anemone japonica - flowers & seed heads 
Baptisia australis - seed pods 
Belamcanda - blackberry-like seed heads 
Ceratostigma - flowers and foliage 
Epimedium (Barrenwort) - foliage 
Geranium sanguineum - foliage 
Heuchera (Coralbells) - foliage 
Hosta - foliage and dried flower stems 
Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris) - seed pods 
Ornamental grasses - foliage and flowers 
Paeonia (Peonies) - foliage and seed pods 
Papaver orientale (Poppy) - seed pods     
Perovskia (Russian Sage) - flowers, foliage 
Solidago (Goldenrod) - flowers 
Sedum - flowers, foliage, seed heads 
Amsonia hubrichtii turns a rich golden yellow in the fall.
Amsonia hubrichtii turns a rich golden yellow in the fall.
Kousa dogwood has brilliant fall color!
Kousa dogwood has
brilliant fall color!

Trees and Shrubs

Maple, Oak, Hickory, Ginkgo, Sourwood, Dogwood, Crabapple, Euonymus, Fothergilla, Cotinus (Smoke Bush), Callicarpa (Beautyberry), Ilex verticillata, Hydrangea, Viburnum, American (not Oriental) Bittersweet, and many more!
From the Viette's Views Blog ...
Adult stink bug   09-30-2014 17:02:32 PM

Aaaagh! They're swarming all over the house! It's like a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock horror movie! There are masses of them crawling over every screen trying to get in! Many can guess what I'm talking about - STINK BUGS! The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) has not only become an annoying invader of [...]...�

Did You Know?  
Tips to Beautify your Fall Garden   
the beautiful blooms of summer have waned and the days are getting cooler, it's time to get out in the garden and tidy it up for the new fall season. Here are some suggestions to spruce up your fall landscape! 
  • Cut back your daylily foliage if it is looking messy and brown. There may be other perennials that would benefit from a haircut (or maybe just a trim) at this point in the season. Sometimes just plucking off a few tattered or brown leaves or stems can make a world of difference in the garden.
  • Cut back peonies and discard the foliage in the trash to help avoid disease problems next season.
  • Monarch butterfly on a Buddleia 'White Profusion' flower
    Deadhead buddleia flowers to keep it blooming until frost.
    Deadhead Buddleia
    to keep it blooming until frost. Many annuals will also continue blooming until frost if they are kept deadheaded.
  • Consider leaving some annuals in the garden to set seed and naturalize for next season. Keep in mind that if you apply a pre-emergence weedkiller in your perennial beds to control weeds, this will also keep these seeds from germinating.
  • Rudbeckia wears a hat of snow after a winter storm.
    Rudbeckia wears a "hat" of snow after a winter storm.
    Remember when you are cleaning up in the fall to leave some of the interesting seed heads and seed pods in the garden for fall and winter interest. These include those of Siberian iris, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, oriental poppies, yucca, Baptisia, and hardy hibiscus.
  • Perk up your containers. Many annuals in containers (and even in the garden) are past their prime now and just need to be pulled out at this point. Consider adding some fall blooming mums to the containers in their place. Even the tender "florist mums" will provide wonderful autumn-like color to your containers.
  • Take stock of what didn't perform well in the gardens and consider replacing these plants. Take advantage of fall sales and choose something new and different that you haven't tried before! Go with an open mind but with a general idea of what you need in terms of height, exposure (sun or shade), and maybe some color preferences. This will keep you on track and give you some guidelines to make your shopping more efficient and successful!
Decorate from your Garden  
Beautiful Natural Arrangements for Fall
A beautiful fall arrangement created by Sam Harris
A beautiful fall arrangement
Natural arrangements made from interesting dried flowers, seed pods, berries, and foliage harvested from your garden can bring beauty to your home, both inside and out.
You don't have to be a professional flower arranger to create these lovely fall and winter displays, just a creative imagination. Take your shears on a stroll through your flower beds in the waning days of summer or fall and start clipping and collecting. The flowers of many perennials and shrubs dry naturally right on the plant and can be cut and used in beautiful, long-lasting arrangements allowing you to enjoy your garden's beauty well into winter.


Fall arrangement
Fall arrangement using daylily and hosta stems with seed pods
In addition to flowers, look for other interesting colors, shapes, and textures in and around your landscape. Dried seed pods from oriental poppies, Siberian iris, peonies, and yucca make wonderful additions to a fall and winter display. Even daylily seed pods or their dried flower scapes are neat!
Berried deciduous shrubs like Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and Beautyberry (Callicarpa) have branches covered with long-lasting colorful berries that are excellent in your seasonal arrangements.
Petals from flowers and brightly colored leaves, along with pine cones and gourds can be sprinkled around the base of your arrangements for a touch of whimsy!
Nestle your garden gleanings into attractive baskets, vases, buckets, and barrels. There is no limit to what you can do with a good imagination and some garden leftovers!

It's Time to Plant Spring Bulbs!
Beautiful hybrid daffodils are a welcome sight in spring!Some Tips on Planting Bulbs
  • Plant your bulbs as soon as possible after buying or if you can't get them in the ground, store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Good drainage is essential for bulbs. Work and amend the bulb bed by adding organic matter such as peat moss, compost or aged pink bark, and add Bulb-tone fertilizer.
  • The basic rule-of-thumb for determining the proper planting depth and spacing is:
    • 8" deep and 3" - 10" apart for large bulbs which are 2" or more in diameter.
    • 5" deep and 1" - 2" apart for smaller bulbs which are 1" or smaller in diameter
  • When planting groups of bulbs, prepare planting beds rather than digging individual holes.
  • For a naturalized look, toss bulbs out by the handful and plant them where they land!
  • Mix a heaping teaspoon of Espoma Bulb-tone with the soil in the bottom of each planting hole before dropping in the bulb.
  • Fertilize new and established planting beds with Espoma Bulb-tone at the rate of 5-10 pounds per 100 square feet.
  • If voles are a problem in your garden, place 2" of Espoma Soil Perfector in the bottom of the planting hole and then place the bulbs. Surround the bulbs with additional Soil Perfector leaving just the tips exposed. Finally, place a 50% Soil Perfector/soil mix over the bulbs to the desired depth.
    • You don't need to do this when planting daffodil bulbs as they are toxic to "critters" and are not eaten!
  • After planting, be sure to water generously to get good root growth started.
  • Once the ground freezes, you can add 2"-3" of mulch. Mulch keeps the bulbs cool in uneven temperatures, prevents heaving, and maintains moisture in the soil.
If you enjoy our newsletter, please pass it along to your gardening friends!


Visit our Friends
Mulberry Hills Farm
 Mulberry Hills Farm Pumpkin Patch
A family farming operation that specializes in growing a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds.

 Choose from a large selection of pumpkins
 Pre-picked and Pick Your Own
In addition, find all your fall decorating needs like straw, mums, Indian corn, and corn shocks.
the Patch and all the Farm Animals while enjoying
the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah Valley and the wonderful fall weather and don't forget your camera!!
Located 8 miles south of Harrisonburg
6442 Cross Keys Road
Mt. Crawford, VA 22841
Visit their website

Aloha - Join Mark on a Trip to Hawaii  
Hawaii Four-Island Agricultural Tour
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Lava flows in Hawaii
Join Mark Viette on this unique tour of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii

Tour highlights include:
Oahu - Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Punchbowl Crater, Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial with shuttle boat ride 
Kauai - Opaekaa Falls, Wailua Riverboat Cruise, Fern Grotto, Steel Grass Farm 
Pineapples Maui - Iao Valley State Park and Iao Needle Lookout Point, Old Whaling Capital of Lahaina, Maui Gold Pineapple Plantation
Hawaii - Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa & Kilauea Volcanoes, Jaggar Museum, Giant Ferns, Thurston's Lava Tube, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, NELHA, fish farm

PLUS two gardening presentations given by Mark Viette.


Click for more information about this exciting trip.
Our Friends and Sponsors 
Harpers Statuary
Blue Ridge Compost