Here in the Pacific Northwest, our autumn colors will be peaking this next week. It's an exciting time for those of us who love this time of year.
I got to work last weekend to create some new autumn inspired flower containers. I tried my best to break out of the 'mum' scene, but I do admit to utilizing some violas which isn't terribly creative.
I lucked out and was able to save the fountain grass from my spring summer pots. They were still looking good and I think the eggplant colored foliage is quite nice.
I added a Japanese tassel fern to the back side of the container for some texture. The carex testacea in the background container is really quite a stunning plant fall through winter. I love the orange and copper hues.
My favorite combination was this container:
My visit to PDX nursery mid week proved fruitful! They had a decent selection of rudbeckia and grasses. I choose panicum virgatum 'Rostrahlbusch' for it's height and great red / golden colors. The spray of seed heads on top is very romantic. Blooming alongside is rudbeckia, 'Indian Summer', 'Autumn Colors' and 'Cherokee Sunset'. Robust fall colors with a variety of height.
The next container will take some time to mature and blend, but I think it has potential.
I used a Red Osier Dogwood, which is native to the PNW and had wonderful red foliage in the fall. Then, I put an Anemone 'Pretty Lady Susan' on the side. It is blooming so sweetly right now.
In front, I have a small, summer blooming heather called' Wickwar Flame'.
It's still a baby but, I think it will fill in nicely. It's foliage is a brilliant chartreuse, moving to gold with copper colored tips.
I filled the container in with a little grass that I've completely lost the name of. In the back, I tucked in a salvaged little rudbeckia called 'Prairie Eyes' that I picked up on the clearance table at PDX nursery. I'm hoping that it'll bounce back in a pot and add a spot of color next summer.
It was fun to enjoy the sunshine on a crisp, autumn day and create my new containers. I spent hours working in the yard, moving plants around and finally getting some of my larger, mid-summer plant purchases in the ground, including my new Coral Bark Maple. I think it's going to be a stunner in the years to come.