With the first hard freeze expected Saturday evening, I thought give you one last look at the stars of my late-season garden: the castor beans (Ricinus communis).
Also papyrus and a little canna, because they also impressed me so much this year. I'm glad that I was able to enjoy them until almost the end of November (an extra three or four weeks this year), but I'll miss them for the next nine months or so -- the castor beans won't be impressive until late July at the earliest.
The purple leaves get a bit more blue in the shade:
Papyrus taller than me...
...convinced me to plant some of this in the ground again next year! (Instead of just in a large pot like I normally do)
I'm going to miss the towering mass of purple!
Especially when seen from under the deck in the morning:
Bananas a bit ratty, but pretty good for November:
The canna 'Paton' foliage is so vertical and spiky -- I love it, especially with the papyrus behind (and the bamboo behind that):
The maypop (Passiflora incarnata) will be back of course, but I'll miss the curtain of foliage until June or July:
I especially like how it yellows in the fall -- so great when backlit!
But it's the purples that I'll miss the most:
Here it's the castor bean (dark purple variety) along with Pennisetum "Vertigo".
You can't ask for more on a late November morning in St. Louis, can you?