Orange is definitely a primary color of autumn. From the weird festivities surrounding Halloween to the autumn harvest season and the bounty of Thanksgiving, orange is either the highlighted accent color or the whole palette.
The “surprise lilies” have been one of the few blooming successes in my drought-plagued garden this summer, and even though they are now, in most locations, beginning to dry up and fade, they continue to “surprise.”
Last Sunday morning, on an early trip out to pick up the newspaper, I looked along the front strip of grass directly in front of the house, and spotted what I hoped might be just a bundle of trash dropped by a passing litterbug.
In a garden, perennials are wonderful components, coming back each year with little effort on our part, a fine background to the changing display of annuals which are showier, often having a longer bloom season, but requiring effort and expense each year in the replanting.
Any gardener in our area can testify to the difficulty of trying to garden in dry areas, especially right now. But this problem is not limited to our Zone 8 heat-plagued summer, and it is compounded by another factor - too much shade.