Annual or perennial herbaceous, it is ideal to cultivate in border or to naturalize in large meadows. Its daisy-like flower heads have yellow, orange and brick red ligulas and create a wonderful contrast with the black centre. Beautiful in large groups, in the company of gaillardias, echinaceae and ornamental grasses.
Small shrubs to be placed in focal points, possibly well sheltered and sunny in the cold season. They will repay us with their charming and delicate flowers, similar to handkerchiefs of chiffon, usually sulphur yellow with purple center. They will bloom by late autumn, when the leaves have already fallen, releasing into the air their sweet scent.
Known as “settembrini” they are one of the most classic autumn flowers. The most common varieties, in white, pink or lilac, create huge clouds to be inserted as focal points or in the borders. Let’s not forget, however, the many decombent varieties or soil covers, with thick, small and delicate corollas, ideal for creating refined and rarefied settings.
Known as a bugshell, it is a herbaceous plant suitable for shady gardens, especially with sub-acidic soil. During the year it attracts the attention for its elegant leaves, finely divided, often in purple or purple shades. In autumn, then, elegant and delicate racemes, from the white to the pink, stand out, excellent also for cutting.
The telephium and spectable species cannot be missing in our gardens: practically indestructible, they are decorative even only for the leaves and the stems, from the glaucous to the intense purple. Let’s not forget, however, the autumn flowering in tones from white to acid green, from fuchsia to crimson. Let’s look for the new cultivars on the market.
Hydrangea is one of the most popular shrubs of the summer, but it is also an attraction in autumn. In many, the foliage assumes warm colours, but we must not forget the inflorescences which, when dry, assume shades from the fuchsia to the purple. Let’s leave them for the whole winter on the plant, and let’s use some of them in indoor compositions.
One of the easiest perennials to grow, which also guarantees a long flowering period. The corollas are the most varied: from large to small, single or in bunches, pompoms or daisies. There are also infinite shades: in the tones of yellow, red, pink and white. Let’s put them in abundance in the borders, in the flowerbeds and in the pots: they will give us great satisfactions every year.
A resistant plant that will not fail to attract attention, especially for its conspicuous cobs, produced from mid-summer until the first cold. There are many cultivars available: they vary in size and colour of the inflorescences (from yellow to orange to brick). Suitable for borders, large flowerbeds or rock gardens.
A grass of great impact, ideal as an isolated specimen in focal points, but also within natural-looking borders or in rocky gardens. The show begins in mid-autumn, when it produces very voluminous fuchsia-violet panicles. A big, soft cloud!
Flowers in autumn colours: Helianthus
The sunflower is the symbol of summer, but many cultivars continue to bloom uninterruptedly until the first cold. The classic colour is yellow, but there are interesting mixtures in red, orange and brown, with single or double corollas. Let’s not forget, however, the H. tuberosum, perennial in bloom in October-November, whose root is the delicious Jerusalem artichoke!
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