Combinations of Color

As summer winds down, September usually gives me one last burst of color.

The allium stellatum,  coreopsis and zinnias are providing color and much needed nectar for traveling pollinators.


The hydrangeas provide a good background for the four-o-clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)

hydrangea, 4oclocks and celosia

and the chartreuse coleus, ‘chocolate covered cherry’ coleus, white caladium, white impatiens and creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) make the night garden really glow.

creeping jenny, lime coleus, coleus 'chocolate covered cherry', caladium,  white impatiens

I have spiked celosia peppered throughout the garden.




I like the look of the red with the blue aster ‘oblongifolius’,

celosia, aster

but the asters don’t need any help looking good


they are the star of fall


butterfly, aster

monarch and aster

and a very important source of nectar for butterflies.

The old-fashioned petunias are thriving in several beds, filling in those awkward spaces where some flowers have died back during the heat.


petunia, celosia

Even Copacabana Girl, who adorned her head with petunias and flapjack kalanchoe in the spring,

petunia, face pot, container

and added some morning-glory vines for fall fashion.

copacabana girl with morning glory necklace, flowers

My most favorite combination, though, is this sweet baby girl who picked “a berrwe bootifu fwower” for her grandma.

I thought it was the prettiest flower.


hallie, flower

aka the grandma whose heart melts into a big ol’ puddle when this sweet child gardens with me

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to Combinations of Color

  1. It’s all beautiful Brenda, especially that little granddaughter!


  2. ChgoJohn says:

    You’ve still got quite a bit of color in your garden, all of it really beautiful. Of course, it all pales when viewed next to your helper. 🙂


  3. Holleygarden says:

    That is a beautiful flower – and a beautiful flower picker! 🙂 I agree with you about asters. They are the star of autumn.


  4. She’s a berrwe bootifu fwower herself…love the September blooms.


  5. I can see why your heart melts with your little garden helper around
    I think this time of year has some of the best colour combinations, and I really must get some Asters for next year!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey Brenda! Love your blog! Your friend, Lisa


  7. Ellen says:

    Hello, I was looking for petunia seeds for the old fashioned petunias that my grandmother grew in Alabama and I found your picture of petunias on your website. They look very close to what I remember. Are the petunias you grow a hot house or cultivated variety or the old fashioned ones that reseed themselves and can be occasionally found growing around old farm houses? Thanks


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