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Both people and plants breathe a sigh of relief as the hot Texas summer makes way for the crisp Texas fall that easily rivals spring as the local gardeners’ favorite season.
The Blues and Golds of a Central Texas Fall
Blue and gold are the colors of fall in Central Texas. Blue velvet sage, and Mexican mint marigold are paired here.
Stunning Rock and Cactus Garden
Specimen cactus, yucca and agave in a golden carpet of damianita, four-nerve and Dahlberg daisies presents the much maligned “rock and cactus” in a whole different light. Consider as an option for yards on thin soils in the Texas Hill Country or the sandy soils of the Texas coastal plain.
Prickly Pear Wildscape
Prickly pear lends a structural element to a wild and wooly wildscape garden. Once winter come to the garden and the perennials are cut back awaiting spring, the prickly pear remains as an element of interest and good cover for wildlife
Pink Muhly Grass and Black Dahlia
Here muhly grass is paired with black Dahlia; both are good selections for Central Texas. The muhly is a showstopper in the fall, and the black Dahlia is loved by butterflies. It also has a nice compact form making it a good choice for a more formal garden style.
Old Fashioned Garden Walkway
Here, fall favorites such as blue and red sages, zinnias, mistflowers, and golden rod are ready to spill out along this flagstone walkway. They are nicely contained with a permanent edging made with the same flagstone as the walkway.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Wildscape
The Mitchel Lake Audubon Center shows off its wildscape along this casual pathway. In this garden, butterfly watching is as popular as bird watching. In the fall this garden hosts many rare butterflies. Plants include: almond verbena, mistflower, lantanas, cow pen daisy, cenizo, retama, esperanza, skullcap, salvias and more.
Ornamental grasses come in a wide variety, and like this Lindheimer’s muhly, are generally drought tolerant, grow in poor soils, and add color, texture and interest to any fall garden.
Golden Rod Fireworks
We think this old-fashioned fall showstopper is underused these days. Golden rod needs full sun and some room to grow 6 feet tall but are like fireworks in the fall garden.
Golden Barrel Cactus on a Carpet of Damianitia
Golden barrel cactus, artichoke agave, purple-tinged prickly pear with golden-hued damianita perfect choices for thin soils. Visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden and see for yourself.
Foxtail Asparagus Fern
The foxtail asparagus fern is at its best in the fall when the temperatures are cool. Less hardy than its more unruly looking cousin, plant the foxtail in protected shade for best results.
Firebush, Nolina and Blue Salvia
The architectural nature of this Nelson’s nolina makes a great pairing with the informal growth habit of the tall blue velvet sage and firebush.
Fall Asters Tumble Over Pathway
Fall asters are a quiet element in the garden most of the year, but come fall they strut their stuff in purple brilliance. Pair them with plants that look their best during other seasons for year-round interest.
Mistflowers could be called butterfly candy. This blue mistflower is covered in queen butterflies. Plant in sunny areas, sit back, and watch the butterfly show.