One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is without a doubt our mild climate and changing seasons. This unique climate makes this area desirable to live in year-round. It also makes gardening year round possible. As each season comes and goes, we can discover new ideas for creating enticing outdoor spaces where seasons flow one into another. As summer becomes a distant memory, wind and drizzle appear and sandals disappear. Leaving behind another gardening year brings shock and sadness for those of us who loves to be in the garden. But, instead of protesting decreasing daylight hours, spice up your outdoor space with virtuous seasonal fall plantings. Embrace the autumn colors!
Define the Season with Fall Plantings
With the rain upon us, we look for creative ways to stretch out what remains of the summer color. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to do this is to spruce up an outdoor space with a little fall color. Pansies, one of the best solutions to a tired summer basket come in a variety of oranges, yellows and red, perfect color to echo the changing colors of Japanese Maples, Viburnum and Liquid Ambers. Seasonal Plantings of Pansies often last into the winter, sometimes even surviving into spring when you plant them in pockets with protection. These pockets, called micro-climates are ideal for extending seasons and pushing hardiness zones.
Pansies for Seasonal Fall Plantings
Pansy Copperfield pops into a terra-cotta pot for instant fall color. The large, autumn colored flowers blend with the yellow and orange colors in the yard during the transition into cooler weather. Easy seasonal plantings for fall!
Cotinus ‘Grace’ brings glorious late fall color into the garden. Grayish burgundy leaves turn bold red after many other trees lose their leaves. This slow grower sets the tone like no other shrub and grows well in a pot for spectacular color.