My fall flower garden which is full of eye candy right now. I’ll pretty much let the photos tell the story. At least I’ll try.
The roses are back in bloom. I gave them a shearing in September–later and different strategy these last few years because of the heat and drought. It’s taking a chance to prune so late, but otherwise, I won’t see them bloom much. You don’t get rose bloom in our state during summer. It’s too hot, there’s blackspot, and the roses suffer greatly. Three more succumbed to Rose Rosette, and I’ve planted different things where they grew. You should never replace a rose with another in the same spot. Some would say it’s bad karma. I would say it has to do with the soil.
One spot got Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ blue grama grass. I looked for it all over Oklahoma and finally found it in Ft. Worth, Texas. Another place got Callicarpa americana ’Welch’s Pink’ thanks to my friend, Stephen Durham, who found it online. I also put in another Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibralter’ bush clover for its softness and late fall color. It is next to the very young pink beautyberry. I hope they will complement each other one day. Right now they are very small. Remember, it takes three years before shrubs and perennials take off and get going. We must be patient in the meantime.
I can’t say enough nice things about the ornamental peppers. I started ‘Black Pearl’ and ‘Jigsaw’ from seed. Like all peppers, they were pretty easy to start. I kept them under lights, and they are now rewarding me with a last flush of gorgeous pepperiness. Although I suppose you can eat them, I won’t. They would be too hot for this Red Dirt Girl, and I like hot.
I do like the leaves on ‘Jigsaw’ because the variegation is soft and airy. It’s a great foil for the purple and later red peppers.
Alternanthera ‘Little Ruby’ looks purple or red depending upon the light. I can’t say enough nice things about alternantheras. They make my garden glow without a single bloom. ‘Brazilian Red Hots’ is below. I’ve let it grow a bit wild, but you can also pinch it back regularly. This big specimen cam from a small plant in spring. I think I bought it at Under the Sun. They have more Joseph’s coat than anyone else in the city even TLC Nursery.
The front of the house is ready with three, large yellow mums I bought at Home Depot for $6.88 apiece. Yes, you read that correctly. I keep my terra cotta pots in the garage and only bring them out in fall and maybe early spring. It’s too hot here otherwise. Maddie photo bombed the picture. I think she’s cute.
Here’s the front of the house.
This is my fall story. What’s growing and blooming at your house this fall?