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Break with tradition: Have a pink and red fall garden.

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Courtesy of Helen Yoest

(Read caption) This eye-catching pink and red fall garden contains Muhly grass, Cordyline australis ‘Red Sensation’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and castor bean.

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As traditions go, fall is filed with the colors orange, yellow, and red. This color motif carries over nicely, particularly if you want to mix in pumpkins and gourds. After all, traditions are made from what is readily available. And fall shows these colors often.

The nostalgia these fall colors bring can’t be denied. In addition, they give a feeling of warmth, helping to prepared us for the winter ahead.

Moving away from that tradition may take a little nudge, so consider this my nudge to you.

I want to introduce to you pink. No, not the Pink of I’m a hot singer-whose-given-name-is-Alecia-Beth-Moore-but-Pink-sounds-so-much-cooler fame. I’m referring to the color.

Warm, fuzzy, girly, confident male -- I submit that there is a color of pink to speak to everyone. In particular, I want to share with you examples of using pink in the fall garden.

You may be surprised to learn of so many ways that pink delights in fall. Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), pink dahlias, Knock Out roses, as well as the fading florets of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, cockscomb (Celosia), and hollyhocks.

Pink and red pairings

These pinks pair nicely with many reds, such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Nana'), coleus, crape myrtle, and red fountain grass. And for a dash of drama, use giant red castor bean (Ricinus communis) next to any shade of pink.

Look at the two photos above and the two at left. (Click on the arrow at the right base of the first photo to see the others.) Nice, right? I bet you are thinking, “ICARumba! estas combinaciones de colores son calientes, calientes, calientes!”

This fall, I plan to add a little more pink to my garden, so my garden can also be hot, hot, hot.

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