I love how the plants all blend together in the fall - no more garish combinations (fun as they are), everything kind of softens up for the fall season. I voted for potted mums, which I do pop in here and there for some more vibrant color and as a foil for all the golden brown tones of my perennial foliage. I can never decide if I prefer fall over spring, but it's certainly a close call.
Well, let's see. I change the bow on the concrete heron named Horace Porter Bonderant III and put out my Fall themed flag.
Last year my husband said he wanted mums, saying "they add so much color!" I hate mums. I bought 5 and they are doing wonderfully. Sigh... They should be starting to rebloom in a few weeks.
LOL Barb, My best to Horace.
I love decorating. So out comes the pumpkins and scarecrows and faux autumn leaves.Later I add jack-o-lanterns and ghosts.Asters and Goldenrod are everywhere.
Course I live in a temperate forest so the whole world become a picture of reds, oranges,salmons and purples.
I try really hard to have flowers that bloom into freeze-up. My lilies, dahlias and such are going great guns. I usually spend this time moving around, grooming and re-designing my gardens for maximum effect next summer. This is usually caused by plants that mature differently that I envisioned, new plants that show their possibilities, but in different locations than I first estimated. Wish our summers were longer and I didn't have to wait 9 months to see the results. (Sept-May)
With all of the beautiful Fall native plant combinations in the Northeast there is no need to add annuals or other commercial decorations.
Native grasses, especially Little bluestem, goldenrods, heuchera villosa and pods and seed heads from other natives are not only beautiful on their own but encourage an ever changing display of birds and butterflies to appear.
It is ever so satisfying to find the dried flower heads of the self sow anise hyssop lining the driveway visited by hoards of goldfinches.
I had to laugh at the living south of the equator response...I'm almost there. However my garden does produce a lot of yellows, orange and reds on its own, heck in October it is almost like spring again with color from flowers. I'll stick those cheap little scarecrows around, and I hang pumpkin lights around our cabana, but that is about it.