Around the Gardens: Fall Favorites - Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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Around the Gardens: Fall Favorites

 Around the Gardens: Fall Favorites

Watch for these seasonal standouts on your next visit!

By Molly Hendry

What it is: Alabama Croton (Croton alabamensis)
What we love about it: This rare, semi-evergreen shrub forms thickets in our native landscape and is endemic to only two counties in Alabama. It is a standout in the fall when its lime green leaves turn a vibrant orange highlighted by their silvery undersides.
Where to find it: Kaul Wildflower Garden

What it is: Sasanqua Camellia (Camellia sasanqua)
What we love about it: The spectrum of colorful sasanqua blooms that herald the end of fall in the South
Where to find it: Hess Camellia Garden

What it is: American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana)
What we love about it: The lime green foliage fades into a vibrant yellow just as the berries ripen into a deep purple, lighting up our woodlands in the fall.
Where to find it: Barber Alabama Woodlands

What it is: Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii)
What we love about it: This long-season perennial packs a blue spring bloom with feathery green summer foliage and brilliant yellow fall color finale.
Where to find it: Kaul Wildflower Garden

What it is: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
What we love about it: The array of fall colors and graceful forms of Japanese maples in the autumn garden
Where to find it: Japanese Garden, near the Tea House

What it is: Surprise Lily (Lycoris radiata)
What we love about it: The delight that surprise lilies bring when they appear almost overnight in our Gardens after a warm, heavy rain in September
Where to find it: Southern Living Garden, near Lawler Gate


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