Favorite Fall Flower: Gaura

guara siskiyou pink by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.comThere were just four little pots left at my local country store….so I pounced.   I have admired Gaura for some time, but haven’t really ever planted it and I had no idea that its blooms were a great fall addition to the garden (I took these shots of my newest babies just a couple of days ago).

sedum autumn joy in the studio g garden www.pithandvigor.com by rochelle greayerI also had no idea that its color is a near shade match with sedum and the two together provide a lovely mix of weight and texture.

hydrangea by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.comAnd then there is the hydrangea (whose variety I can’t remember) with flowers I thought were supposed to be all pink — but it turns out it opens white and fades to a pretty autumn mauve.

Pink is my new garden red…(at least for this year) and I have been pleased with my recent discoveries for interesting fall color.  How is your garden this autumn…any surprise colors popping up?

I am busy contending with pine needles.  Even though I live in leafy New England, it is pine needles that give me fall grief.  They carpet everything (notice how they are in every picture?) and I haven’t found a good way to make these lemons into lemonade.  Advice for over-pined gardens always welcome here….

images by rochelle greayer

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Cindy at enclos*ure on October 17, 2012 at 1:57 am

    In the South, we mulch with pine needles. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but I like it. Eventually, needles break down, but they do not raise acid-levels in the soil to any significant amount. There’s a good article about it here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2702/#b

    • rochelle on October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Cindy — when you say mulch — do you just mean put them on top of the ground around the plants? or are you doing something to them first?

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