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Plants for Fall Color

Bring pops of color to your fall garden with an array of wonderfully textured foliage. Here is a collection of plants from Proven Winners, without blooms, that offer a variety of rich hues: 

Yellow: Many leaves in fall turn bright yellow. Acorus ‘Ogon’ perennial is a short grass, 8-14 inches tall, that mixes extremely well in combinations. ‘Ogon’is yellow and green variegated, and it’s an excellent plant to add a bit of a vertical element without being overpowering for small combinations. In the ground or in pots, Phlox ‘Shockwave’ perennial makes a bold textural statement with its colorful green and yellow foliage. Salvia ‘Icterina’ annual has green and yellow variegated foliage and is also a great filler plant in combinations, as well as in landscaped beds. Also in this color class is Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ perennial which has round, chartreuse colored leaves on a very prostrate habit. Sedum ‘Lemon Ball annual is an annual, but adds fine textured yellow to combinations spring through fall. The last plant in this category is Heuchera Dolce ‘Key Lime Pie’ perennial. The stunning chartreuse yellow foliage is totally unique and quite beautiful. It is great in ground beds and containers alike.

                                   Clockwise left to right: Phlox Shockwave, Dolce Key Lime Pie, Lemon Coral Sedum,
                                                    Acrous Ogon, Salvia Icterina, and Lysimachia Goldilocks.

Silver to White Foliage is popular in our fall collection as well. Helichrysum ‘Icicles’ annual has soft silver colored foliage. ‘Icicles’ is used as a filler plant in combinations and an excellent highlight plant. Salvia ‘Tricolor’ perennial has green, white, and pink variegated foliage and is an excellent filler plant in either beds or planters. Lamium Pink Chablis, which perennial has what appears to be almost silver net overlaying green foliage. This mounding plant will fill in the middle ground of combination planters, but will also spill over the edge in a cascade of silver green foliage.

                                             Lamium Pink Chablis, Helichrysum Icicles and Salvia Tricolor Sage.

Red and Purple Foliage are also beautiful additions to your garden in the fall. All Dolce Heuchera perennial change color in the fall once the cold nights begin, which usually bring out deep rose and purple tones in the leaves. Dolce Black Currant, Blackberry Ice and Cinnamon Curls all provide some gorgeous tones in the fall. Perennial grasses add great fall color as well! ‘Cheyenne Sky’ Red Switch Grass perennial forms a dense, upright clump of blue-green leaves that begin to turn wine red in early summer. Purple flower panicles appear just above the foliage in late summer. Summerific ‘Summer Storm’ Hibiscus perennial makes a rich statement all season with thick purple foliage and huge red and pink flowers in summer. Garnet Brocade and Maestro Sedum perennials are both autumn flowering and their foliage deepens into purple tones as fall progresses!

                     Summerific Perfect Storm, Panicum Cheyenne Sky, Heuchera Dolce Blackcurrant, and Sedum Maestro.

                             Heuchera Dolce Blackberry Ice, Heuchera Dolce Cinnamon Curls and Sedum Garnet Brocade.

Tans and Taupe – As summer fades into fall there is an abundance of browns to be seen, from soft fawn to dark coffee and cinnamon, brown pulls the fall color scheme together. One of our best plants is in this color class is Carex ‘Toffee Twist’ annual, a fairly tall (18-24″) grass with mahogany colored foliage that twists and twirls, is our version of the fall mainstay color. It is a great anchor plant and mixes well with almost all of the other plants in the fall collection. Of course the feathery heads of Pennisetum ‘Desert Plains’ perennial remain a lovely tan shade and move with the wind right up through the first snows of winter. It can be used in a variety of containers and landscapes and add a unifying element to all of your plantings. To pull a bit something a bit pinker into the fall mix, try using Sedum ‘Pure Joy’ perennial – a very compact and solid mass of pink flowers with a few rose highlights persists until winter freezes. Don’t forget Dolce ‘Crème Brulee’ perennial, which has lovely rusty brown foliage that gets some pink highlights in fall!

Carex Toffee Twist, Pennisetum Desert Plains, Sedum Pure Joy, and Heuchera Dolce Crème Brulee.

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