New Fall Fashions!

Fall means it is time to change out the summer annuals in my container gardens and window boxes, and while pansies and mums are classic choices, I always like to add something new and fresh. I have found some new ‘fashion accessories’ for my fall containers. For profuse blooms on slender stems 6-10” tall, I have found Diasciahybrid, also known as Twinspur. In shades of pink, purple, red and orange, it is a colorful addition to any container. And best of all, no dead heading required!

Just some of the many colors of Diascia
Just some of the many colors of Diascia
Twinspur is a prolific bloomer all fall
Twinspur is a prolific bloomer all fall

You can’t miss when you add annual or perennial grasses to your containers; they can bring immediate drama and structure to arrangements of any size. Some of my favorites for fall are 'Cheyenne Sky' Panicum virgatum, a perennial grass with a mature height of 30-36”. After a fall in your container, plant it in your landscape for a striking addition to you garden.

The drama of Cheyenne Sky is the brilliant red of the mature growth
The drama of Cheyenne Sky is the brilliant red of the mature growth
Tofee Twist Sedge
Tofee Twist Sedge

For smaller containers, Toffee Twist Sedge Carexflagellifera has slender, iridescent leaves and an elegant sweeping, trailing habit.

Hybrids of Heuchera, or Coral Bells, come in a wide range of colors these days, from the deep purple/black of ‘Licorice’ to the bright green of ‘Key Lime Pie’! Grown more for their variety of foliage colors and patterns, Heuchera add a striking accent to beds or containers.

Heuchera 'Licorice', a deep, dramatic addition to the garden
Heuchera 'Licorice', a deep, dramatic addition to the garden

It will be a beautiful weekend coming up. Make a trip to your favorite garden center and pick up some new plants for your containers. Dress them up and put them out - you will have all fall to enjoy them!

No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face....
~John Donne