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Fall Is for Flowers

Move beyond the earth tones of autumn by adding bright blooms to your design

Fine Gardening - Issue 190
Light is fading, but color doesn’t have to. Anyone who leaves autumn interest to whatever hues the leaves happen to take on is missing out on all the excitement late-season bloomers can bring to their garden.

When you think of spring, you think of flowers. Summer is also for flowers. Fall? Everyone is all about the foliage. Colorful leaves are a highlight of the season, along with cool nights, apple cider donuts, and comfy sweatshirts. But why can’t flowers be a part of that mix? And we aren’t talking about mums, those ubiquitous mounds of supermarket color whose value brings out more seasonal opinions than pumpkin spice flavorings or the New England Patriots. Adding some blooms for autumn is sure to bring a new vibrancy to your garden and will only make the fabulous foliage that much better.

yellow fall flowers

1. Yellow is the theme

The frothy mass of flowers atop ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’, Zones 5–9) creates an impact emphasized by the stronger gold of the black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii, Zones 4–9). The bright color is a welcome addition to a season known…

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