Magazine article Sunset

Custom Blends: Use Containers to Add Instant Autumn to Your Porch or Patio

Magazine article Sunset

Custom Blends: Use Containers to Add Instant Autumn to Your Porch or Patio

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HARVEST GOLD

Libertia peregrinan*

Stiff green blades with orange stripes form 2-foot-tall clumps, and add structure in front of trio. Use two i-gallon plants. Sunset climate zones 8, 9, 14-24.

Carex testacea

The grassy sedge blends the same apricot and gold tones of the others' leaves, but it's taller and finer, keeping the composition more interesting. Use a 1-gallon plant. Zones 4-9, 14-24-

Hendiera 'Crème Brûlée'

Its apricot-tinged leaves with purple undersides are broad and ruffled, in contrast to the other plants. The mounding perennial grows 2 feet tall and wide. Use a i-gallon plant. Zones 1-9, 14-24.

FALLING FOR COCOA

Phormium 'Piatt's Black'

Deep bronze leaves repeat the shades of the other two plants, but are pointed and upright, not roundedjust what's needed to liven up this singletoned scheme. Use a i-gallon plant. Zones 7-9, 14-24-

Cotinus cogBiB"" 'Royal Purple'

Round, deep plum leaves cover this multistemmed smoke tree through summer and into autumn, then turn reddish before dropping in winter. Use a 5-gatlon tree. Zones 2-24.

Heuchera 'Sugar Plum'

Dark burgundy leaves brushed with silvery green took good all year, and its mounding form tempers the other upright shapes. …

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