Fall’s gar­den blooms in jewel tones

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Thanks to the abun­dant rain­fall this past spring and sum­mer, wild­flow­ers and other plants all over Santa Fe have en­joyed a longer and­more col­or­ful grow sea­son. From the piñons and ju­nipers in the desert to na­tive grasses and peren­nial flow­ers that adorn city gar­dens, the land­scape seems larger and­more vivid than in past years. With fall fast ap­proach­ing, there’s even more in store, and if jewel tones are your thing, Septem­ber prom­ises to de­liver a view painted in shades of topaz, gar­net, amethyst, emer­ald and sap­phire.

The key with any good gar­den is to al­ways have some­thing in bloom. Santa Fe’s early-fall cool­ing tem­per­a­tures in the morn­ing and evening still give way to warm af­ter­noons, al­low­ing many flow­ers to bloomwell into Oc­to­ber. With the added mois­ture from this sum­mer, we can look for­ward to some ro­bust blooms that will greatly ac­cent the gor­geous fo­liage in the moun­tains.

For golden topaz shades, late sum­mer and early fall blooms stand out in showy peren­nial flow­ers such as Max­imil­lian sun­flow­ers, cow­pen daisies, Mex­i­can mint marigolds, co­re­op­sis (tick­weed), chamisa and hardy­mums. Late bloom­ing sun­flow­ers, in all va­ri­eties, will also be en­joy­ing a last hur­rah from­gar­dens to side­walks all over town. Those gor­geous as­pens will start their col­or­ful fire­works in the San­gre de Cris­toMoun­tains, a trip well worth tak­ing later in the month. Or­anges and reds are spot­ted pro­lif­i­cally in gar­dens and trees, with the pyra­can­tha shrub and moun­tain ash tree lead­ing the race for most out­stand­ing berries.

If you pre­fer the deeper shades of red, fall berries on the vibur­num and nan­d­ina bushes as well as the hawthorn tree pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play, as do red dog­wood branches, se­dum, mums, celosia, “mar­malade” heuchera, zin­neas, cos­mos, and cot­tage yar­row. Harvest time brings a dose of ruby red in chile pep­pers, which can be found in abun­dance at road­side stands and gro­cery stores.

Blue mist cary­opteris, monks­hood, Septem­ber asters, salvias, veron­ica blue, or­na­men­tal kale, morn­ing glo­ries, this­tles, and win­ter pan­sies all come in beau­ti­ful hues of sap­phire and amethyst and should be around for most of the month. For deeper shades of blue and pur­ple, look out for the chokecherry tree and Vig­ininia creeper vine, which should keep keep their inky berries un­til the end of the month.

While fall’s fo­liage may dom­i­nate the land­scape, Septem­ber gar­dens still of­fer much in when it comes to deeper col­ors, so make sure to make a trip to your back yard be­fore you head up to moun­tains. And as al­ways, take your clip­pers for the berries, which make a great sea­sonal ac­cent for your home.

Ca­role has been in the flori­cul­ture in­dus­try, from in­ter­na­tional whole­sale and re­tail sales to event plan­ning, for over 20 years. She has flo­ral stu­dios in Santa Fe and Bal­ti­more, was a Santa Fe Master Gar­dener, and sup­ports lo­cal/na­tional flower farms and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects. She is avail­able for demon­stra­tions and lec­tures. Con­tact her at clan­grall@gmail.com or visit www. flow­er­spy.com.

Moun­tain-ash berries cap­tured on Don Gas­par Av­enue

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