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Plant Profile: 3 Pinks for Fall Garden Color

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Want Pink Flowers that Bloom in Fall?

When the season passes into autumn, do you want flowers that bloom pink in fall? Although many think of yellow, red and orange as fall colors, pink is great in fall too. Plus, pink flowers that bloom in fall blend beautifully with the burnt and fiery hues taking main-stage as trees and shrubs get ready for their long, bare-branched winter’s nap.

Reliable Pink Flowers for Fall Garden Color:

First, There are Two Crocus Flowers for Fall Pink!

Technically, there is only one true crocus that blooms in fall. But many believe there are two crocuses for autumn. That’s because  Colchicum flowers look like crocus. Moreover, they flower in autumn. So they’re great additions to your garden for pink flowers in fall.

Colchicum looks much like a green Hosta in spring. But, as days heat up, this bulb’s foliage collapses to the earth. So it’s ideal to plant them among summer annuals like Lobularia ‘Dark Knight’ (shown below) and with other perennials.  Later, just before the first day of fall, their pink flowers pop up among other, season-weary plants in the garden bed. Plus, this crocus with pink flowers that bloom in fall will take some sun. But it does best where it is somewhat protected in a bit of dappled shade. Too, since it’s tiny, so be sure to plant it near a path or border edge for viewing.

Fall Crocus or Colchicum blooms pink in fall

An Extra Special Crocus for Your Fall Garden…

Crocus sativus is the saffron crocus. And much like colchicum, they’re leafy in spring. Then they disappear for summer. Finally, their flowers emerge in late summer to early autumn.

Crocus sativus serves up the world’s most expensive spice – saffron! But when you grow your own, you get both the spice and the flowers to enjoy – for a heck of a lot less than you’d pay for saffron at the grocery store!

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And There’s a Succulent that Blooms Pink in Autumn:

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ lives up to its name offering pink flowers from late summer into early autumn. As well, its young foliage is considered edible by some humans. And those pink flowers that bloom in fall definitely offer foliage for hungry bees. Later, as the seed heads fade to brown, those seeds will attract hungry Chickadees to your garden. Try combining it with evergreen, orange-colored Carex testacea for year ’round interest. And, yes, this succulent loves sun &  is very drought tolerant! Plus, it will happily perform in even dappled shade in a swamp!

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' blooms pink in autumn & feeds wildlife

Plus, Tiny Pretty Pink Flowers that Look Good in Fall:

Diminutive Cyclamen hederifolium carpets bare ground with ivy-like leaves all winter. Then, in mid-spring, the entire plant disappears into the earth.  Later, their pretty pink flowers rise up from the soil just as Autumn begins. This little pink pretty likes some protection from hot sun. And, it is a tiny flower, so be sure to plant it near the front edge of a border where it can pop & enhance the beauty of nearby artwork or other fall bloomers like this Aster divaricatus.

Cyclamen hederifolium blooms reliable pink flowers in fall

More Pink Flowers for September?

Of course, these aren’t the only pinks that appear in fall. In fact, many trees like some of the fragrant Katsuras turn shades of pink before shedding their leaves. And flowers like Naked Ladies suddenly appear from otherwise bare earth, perfume the air with stunning pink posies. Also, Tiny Schizostylis brightens borders well into late autumn with pops of pink as well. As well, some Asters are flowers to plant for fall pink color. And, of course, many hardy fuchsia flower in pink, feeding hummingbirds, until the frost takes them to earth for the coldest months of the year.

2 comments on “Plant Profile: 3 Pinks for Fall Garden Color

  1. cat on

    Great reminder on the Colchicum…I have the others mentioned, but this one needs to be on my list. As always, love your posts!

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