Sunday, August 22, 2010

Franklin Park’s Bold Plantings Transition Into Autumn

On a visit to Franklin Park last Wednesday I noticed two 
new items of interest and some flowers that  could be
planted in the summer to go right into the  colors of Autumn.
A couple of the new ones I am dedicating to Joy over at
Garden Joy4Me who is a  little into this Halloween
season thingy.   A Little!!!  LOL!
Here are two new Petunia’s just for your Joy.


Phantom Petunia’s are very Halloween like. Eerie to say the least.
Dressed in blooms of creamy yellow  and black .
How would they fit into your Halloween garden scheme Joy?


They would be hard pressed to coordinate with other plants
but I knew Joy would like them.


Especially planted together with these Black Velvet Petunia’s.
Is this one a good choice for your Halloween fix Joy?


Now this the Black Velvet  petunia was pretty and it did look like velvet so the name suited and it truly was so dark it looked black.
Plant this with some bright orange flowers and you are all
set for Halloween container for the front entrance.


Maybe with some Ornamental Black Pearl Peppers??
Okay I have had my fun at Joy’s expense, she knows I care.
Now onto some flowers that bloom in the Summer that can carry on into the colors of Fall for your garden.


A giant bed of bold colored Marigolds bloom into a Fall display.
(If you can stand the smell, LOL!)


This Gaillardia Blanket flower will bloom right up until frost and transition from summer into fall colors.


These Gerbera daisies bloom all summer and will add fall
color and look especially pretty as  the grasses planted with
them start to turn golden or bronze along with the seed heads.




Dried hydrangea blooms tend to turn a rosy brown toward Fall.


Add some yellow Lantana for the small winged critters to
keep them until they move on to their winter homes.


These Red Ember Bracteantha Strawflowers just scream Autumn.


Some bold, dark orange New Guinea  Impatiens maybe.


And Stonecrop Sedums are a given for Fall blooms.





Bright orange Zinnia’s in single and double blooms will
brighten up a Fall garden.




I am not so sure the orange Hibiscus will bloom into Fall
but it is a beauty.

Add in some Fall colored glass decor from Chihuly and your
garden is ready for Fall or Halloween.


With all these bright flowers it looks like the Franklin Park
Conservatory is planting colors to go from Summer right
into Autumn in a bold way.
Maybe I should scatter a bulk of orange and yellow
zinnia seeds out in the woodland garden in the summer
to have them brighten up the yard for Autumn.
How do you plant for Autumn colors?

Happy Gardening Everyone !!


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

This definitely should bring some Halloween Joy to her.

Love that color combo, I have seen those petunias and they are gorgeous.


Liz said...

Hi Lona,

Lovely photos and colours, I found myself enjoying a lot of the colours which is odd for me especially as I am no fan of yellow, orange and to some extent, red.
I especially loved the Bracteantha and really need to get some next year!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Great post Lona! I was actually out looking for cabbages today to put in my pots after I yank all of the droopies and brownies from my pots. Lots of mums no cabbages yet!


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Black Velvet petunia is stunning! Thank you Lona for showing us this galore of fall-colored plants!Also, thank you for your comments on my blog!

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Black Velvet petunias? Wow! Those will go great with my fall mums/pumpkin displays!!!!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Thanks for the tour. I've never seen black petunias before. Wow!

GardenJoy4Me said...

OMG !!! LONA !!!
Thank you so much for the dedication and I have NEVER seen those petunias before ! they are amazing girl : )
I want some .. can you mail some to me ? wink wink... They might be a bit flat but I will give them the kiss of life to get them going again ?
I love those peppers too ! OK .. I love everything .. those zinnias are eye popping candy !
I am so ready .. well .. almost to start decorating but being laid up like this is a bit tricky .. but .. girl .. you have brightened my day big time ! thank you : )
PS .. I have that same orange hibiscus ! my neighbor gave me one and it is still going : )

A Garden of Threads said...

Those are wonderful plants for fall. They could only be used in the very early fall garden as my garden can get killing frosts by the end of September. But I do love the black and yellow petunia. Take care and enjoy your week.

Shirley said...

A beautiful post! I had no idea petunias came in those colours! Happy fall Joy but I am just not ready for it yet.

Christine B. said...

I plant for autumn interest by using extensive swaths of ornamental grasses and planting lots of shrubbery that turns a pleasing red or orange. Seems to work for me.

As for thinking of Halloween and fall, I just can't without feeling a little sick. We didn't get much of a summer, so the thought of things wrapping up sad. Of course, I do have a sweet tooth, so the candy at Halloween is always welcome.

Christine in Alaska

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Wow Lona! Those 'halloween' petunias are AMAZING. I can't believe it's already time for the fall sedums. They are lovely though. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona. I'm not particularly fond of autumn and its messiness. I don't plant for it at all but luckily I've got several plants that love autumn and celebrate accordingly. Love that glass sculpture. Reminds me of sinuous flames, wonderful for warming up the cooler days.

Gail said...

I am ready for some cooler weather, too~ Love the hot autumn colors and the Chihuly piece is very nice. I've not seen the dramatic petunias here! gail

Kate said...

Hi! I found your site on blotanical. Its funny, in the spring I don't care to see oranges and yellows in the garden, but buy late summer/early autumn, oranges and yellows are the only thing I want to see in the garden. So I enjoyed your "halloween" post. I think those black velvet petunias are stunning. How do they look en masse. I like how you have them mixed with the yellows. And strawflowers always say "Autumn" to me. beautiful post!

Kimberly said... these summer - to - fall blooms! And I'm certain that Joy LOVES your halloween special! Actually, they're really cool, and I love the idea of the deep purple with orange in a entry pot. Awesome idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, those black and yellow petunias are fabulous, I've never seen them on any garden blogs! I've been garden crafting, and I'll show them on my blog if I can ever get my photo issue resolved!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Ooooh, I loved seeing these pretty colors! It sure feels like fall is coming around here and those colors just add to the feel.
I love the Petunias, I'd read about the black ones somewhere but haven't seen them, very cool.
I'm really in the mood to do some fall plant shopping soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I've been dying to get my hands on those 'phantom' petunias but couldn't find them anywhere here this year. I think they're absolutely gorgeous. I like the velvet ones too. Very nice post and thoughtful of Joy too with her love of all things Halloween.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my goodness, those flowers are just stunning and they are in colors I have not ever seen before. Awesome post, thank you for sharing.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I plan for autumn colours by sticking my fingers in my ears and going "la la la la, I can't hear you!"

Actually, while there are many things sporting autumn colours here, we also still have a number of blue- or brilliant pink/magenta blooms happening; gentians, phlox, liatris, roses, agastache, aconitum, eryngium, all of which tend to temper the palette somewhat. The weather is gorgeous but I am SO not looking forward to autumn. Because we know what comes after that!

debsgarden said...

You are so right - those phantom and black velvet petunias are perfect for halloween. It's great to see people blogging about fall, as we are thoroughly stuck in summer, at least for a few more weeks.

Autumn Belle said...

A beautiful mix of blooms today. The halloween flowers and black beauties are very special, of which I have never seen before.

Barbara said...

I love your fall color theme and would love to have some of those zinnias and strawflowers. I find the black petunias a little too weird, though, sorry! Thanks for your comments on my blog, by the way. Barbara

Balisha said...

Not crazy about the black petunias. I just did a post about orange flowers in my yard. The color is starting to grow on me.The zinnias are beautiful.

I have some deep purple asters and a lighter shade of perennial mums. I usually change out my hanging baskets, but this year they look pretty good. I usually put some pumpkins and gourds around with the flowers. A new fall wreath on the door and that's about it.

JOE TODD said...

Great photos and color.On Wed. I was down at clear creek taking photos of spider webs LOL.. Aren't you glad the weather has turned a little cooler

Denise said...

Wow! Very inspiring! I'm ready for fall. I hope you don't mind. I've linked your post to my Porch and Garden Party at firstaDream.blogspot.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lona...

I'm just coming over from Denise's Porch and Garden party. This is my first time to your delightful blog, it's sooo very nice to meet you, my friend!

Wow...Franklin Park has some gorgeous autumn flowers going on!!! I love the bright, vibrant colors of autumn! In fact, I think my favorite flower was that pretty orange-red single petal zinnia! You know, I have never seen a black petunia...that is so unique! Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful flower photos with us...such a treat!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Style Sisters said...

Gorgeous flowers...the deep purple is stunning. I came over from Porch and garden party.


Lori E said...

I recently saw those petunias and was dumbstruck. Wow. I posted them too. I have a real thing for black flowers. I have black hollyhocks and black violas every year along with anything else I can find in black.
As I scrolled down I wondered what the heck those yellow/orange spiked flowers were when I realized it was the Chahuly glass. Silly me.