I don’t have a lot of fall-blooming flowers, but there are other sources of color in the fall garden. These photos are from September and October and are presented in approximately the order in which they were made.
The perennial sunflower bloomed for over a month.
Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is a groundcover that grows in sunny to partly shady areas. Mine are in shade, so they haven’t spread as vigorously as those in my neighbor’s garden.
This dwarf yew tree produces bright berries every year.
The pink yarrow was planted before we bought our house. It grows in a hot, sunny, dry area.
I thought the moonflower seeds I planted didn’t grow, but they merely take longer than morning glories to produce flowers. In the early evening, the moonflowers are just starting to open. The bee chased me away after I took this photo.
another moonflower, fully open
I wouldn’t expect morning glory and moonflower to bloom at the same time of day, but the moonflowers stay open into the morning.
spiderwebs in the cranberries
…as well as a display of purple leaves.
Mazus reptans have their main display in the spring, but a few flowers appear in the fall.
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ is a cultivar of a shrub that is native to the eastern and southeastern U.S. It produces pink and blue berries in addition to the brightly colored foliage, but the berries were mostly gone (eaten by birds?) by the time I took the photo.
seedpods of the common milkweed
The feathery seeds are dispersed by the wind.
Some of my milkweed stalks became heavily infested with milkweed aphids this fall. If I see them again next year, I should wash them off with water from a hose.
Cranberry leaves turn red in the fall.
The pawpaw trees, like the cranberries and blueberries above, provide us with flowers, fruit, and brightly colored fall foliage.