When I think of fall colors, what comes to mind is yellows and oranges, golds and russets. But the color theme of my front garden is pinks, purples, and blues, and even in fall, some of these pastel colors are still persevering against the changing backdrop of autumn leaves.
There are so many great blooming annuals that continue into fall. In my garden, I have a lot of purple and white flowering alyssum which flowered throughout the summer and are still going. My favorite annual, however, is the easy-care, self-seeding Cosmos. They start blooming in mid summer and just don't stop.
Also still blooming in the garden are my 'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bushes. I'm so excited about these plants because I grew them from cuttings last year, and I now have nine little Butterfly Bushes going strong. 'Miss Molly' is supposed to be a noninvasive cultivar, and I just love the color.
|'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush|
Of course, fall also means the bloom season of perennial Asters, and they come in a marvelous array of pastel colors. In addition, they are a very important source of nectar for bees and one of their favorites. You can hear humming coming from my Asters several feet away due to all the bees enjoying them.
|Bumblebee on Aster laevis 'Bluebird'|
Daisies are my favorite flower, and in my garden, they are a must-have. Most daisies bloom earlier in the summer, but thankfully there is also one for fall: Montauk Daisies.
|Asters and Montauk Daisies|
One doesn't usually think of Crocus in fall, either, but Fall Crocus are simply lovely. I always forget about them until their blue little blooms pop up all of a sudden. One of the most well-known Fall Crocus is Crocus sativus, or the Saffron Crocus. The spice saffron is actually the dried stigma of the Saffron Crocus. Each flower only produces three stigmas, and they must be harvested carefully by hand. (Now you know why it is so expensive for such a little amount.)
Last but certainly not least in my garden are the 'Sheffield' Mums. If I had to pick one, this would be my favorite pastel flower for the fall.
They are a little different from the common pincushion mums we usually see around this time of year. Sheffield mums are much more graceful and airy looking, and their blooms are such a subtle color, varying from salmon-pink to pink to near-white.
Just perfect for a pastel garden in fall.
To find out what else is blooming in other people's gardens around the world, visit Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens blog.