Nothing says "autumn" like an old-fashioned fall display of pumpkins, gourds and multicolored mums. But while I enjoy a bushel basket of fresh mums as much as the next gardener, there are too many other fall flowers to settle for the traditional.
Gazania, pictured, is one of my new favorite flowers for fall planting because you can choose from so many colors. These low-growing plants from South Africa are members of the Asteraceae family.
Gazania makes a nice groundcover, but you can plant it in containers too. Mix bronze, yellow, orange and striped varieties with yellow and orange zinnias, and add a touch of purple stock for a fall flower combination that really pops.
Another interesting combination for autumn planting is combining Vermilion Bluffs Mexican sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl') with Seafoam artemesia (Artemesia versicolor 'Seafoam'), pictured. In late summer Vermilion Bluffs features brilliant-red spires that last though fall.
Purple is often thought of as just for summer gardens, but I think it plays an important role in fall planting combinations. Mix maroon coleus leaves with dark-purple petunias to make a stunning late-summer splash.
The bright-yellow blooms of black-eyed Susan, pictured, can complete any fall garden. Two nice color complements include pink and red flowers that add a blast of color, just as the rest of the garden is fading.
Do you have a favorite fall flower combination? Please share it here.