Besides a few scattered repeat blooms, the rhododendrons have turned their focus to making new buds for next year.
That said, the garden still has a lot to offer, most notably the many interesting trees such as the purple catalpa,
Chitalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'
A deciduous tree, it grows to about to 50 ft tall with an equal spread. The new leaves emerge a deep purple color and grow on to as much as 12-14 inches in diameter. The flowers are white, marked with yellow and purple, in upright clusters eventually forming long bean pods. It is easily grown in most soils and is hardy to Zone 5.
The Rowan Tree, Sorbus aucuparia is already carrying a full canopy of orange red berries. This is a favorite small tree with clusters of white flowers in spring and handsome green pinnate leaves that color up well in the fall.
Lower to the ground the shrub,
Callicarpa bodinierior -beautyberry is just getting to the end of its flowering. The flowers are lilac purple against a backdrop of large ovate leaves but the real treat is yet to come as the pollinated flowers form clusters of intense purple berries.
A hybrid, bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' is said to be a stronger colored form. Our plants are quite young but already sending up 4-5 ft. shoots that will flower next year. Group planting is recommended to ensure pollination and good berry production.
--Frank Simpson, Garden Manager