Asters, Agastache and Anemones in Bloom for Halloween

by Susan Harris
Who says Halloween has to be all orange and black?  For gardeners, it can be just as multi-colored as spring or summer, right?  Below is an example of a gloriously messy October garden scene of asters, Sedums and chrysanthemums (the in-ground, come-back-next-year kind of mums).

Assortment of native asters, with companions

Agastache 'Tutti Fruiti'

Next, I love Agastache ‘Tutti Fruiti’, still blooming and looking fine paired with some Miscanthus grass, also in bloom. (And don’t worry; these late-blooming Miscanthus aren’t invasive like some of the early bloomers are.)  But the best thing about the Agastache?  They attract hummingbirds like no other plant I’ve ever grown!  So I’ll be planting even more of them – in a spot close to my garden chairs where I can get a good look at those hummers.

Japanese Anemone

And here are the Japanese Anemones strutting their stuff, causing neighbors to stop and admire them.

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