Arrange a Late-Season Bouquet

You don’t have to use up the rest of your garden's flowers to make a stunning fall arrangement

There’s no need to strip your fall garden bare of flowers to make a great autumn arrangement. Start with a great vase like an antique pitcher or tin bucket, and then take a leisurely stroll around your garden. Take two or three stems of each interesting thing you see, like blooming ornamental grasses, black-eyed Susans, and hydrangeas. Most fall flowers look good even when they’re starting to fade so don’t discriminate. Don’t forget the foliage, either. A branch from a maple that’s starting to turn colors, a giant hosta leaf, or a few fern fronds from the woods add great bulk, color, and texture that highlight any blooms you might mix with them. Here is a list of the plants used in this video:

Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 2-8)
Variegated miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis cv., Zones 4-9)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’,
  Zones 4-9)
Purple perilla (Perilla frutescens ‘Atropurpurea’, annual)
Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Zones 4-9)
Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum, Zones 4-8)
Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides, Zones 6-9)
Hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula, Zones 3-8)
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata cv., Zones 4-8)
‘Sum and Substance’ hosta (Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’, Zones 3-9)

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