In the Garden: Early December

By Layne Knoche, RORG Landscape Designer

The cold, short days of December are upon us. However, on the occasional sunny day, there is still plenty to observe at the Red Oak Rain Garden at this time of the year. The Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) and female Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) shrubs are loaded with bright red berries that’ll hang on for the next few months. Several species of our native flowers, such as Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) and Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) have stunning seed heads that are visually interesting and are attracting birds that consume the seed. Remarkably, our Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) is still in bloom! Evergreen and semi-evergreen species such as Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica) and Common Rush (Juncus effusus) are also of interest at this time of the year.

See our full November garden report here.

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