Orange and yellow may be the traditional colors of fall flowers, but other combinations, such as pink and red, are especially eye-catching.
As traditions go, fall is filed with the colors orange, yellow, and red. This color motif carries over nicely, particularly if you want to mix in pumpkins and gourds. After all, traditions are made from what is readily available. And fall shows these colors often.
The nostalgia these fall colors bring can’t be denied. In addition, they give a feeling of warmth, helping to prepared us for the winter ahead.
Moving away from that tradition may take a little nudge, so consider this my nudge to you.
You may be surprised to learn of so many ways that pink delights in fall. Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), pink dahlias, Knock Out roses, as well as the fading florets of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, cockscomb (Celosia), and hollyhocks.
Pink and red pairings
These pinks pair nicely with many reds, such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea ‘Nana’), coleus, crape myrtle, and red fountain grass. (We don’t recommend adding these non-natives to your garden, but they still pair nicely.) And for a dash of drama, use giant red castor bean (Ricinus communis) next to any shade of pink.
Look at the two photos above and the two at left. Nice, right? I bet you are thinking, “ICARumba! estas combinaciones de colores son calientes, calientes, calientes!”
This fall, I plan to add a little more pink to my garden, so my garden can also be hot, hot, hot.
There are many other pink- and red-colored plants to enhance your fall; but I limited the selections to what could be seen in these photo examples.