It's times like this, when I'm in complete denial that autumn is on the way, that I'm especially grateful for the concept of Indian Summer. What could be more wonderful than an extra burst of warmth and sun just when you think they've gone for good? The gardening masters at Terrain have created a quartet of plantings just perfect for extending summer's bounty into autumn's glory…The BULLETIN at Terrain is chock full of excellent ideas (including a recipe for, oh my goodness, smoked almond s'mores) and their story about Container Recipes for an Indian Summer is a gem. If I had to pick, the first recipe, Harvest Spice (shown above) is my favorite — though I'd skip the daisies. I love the wild, prairie look, and especially the leather leaf hedge and the darling hens and chicks. My grandma always grew hens and chicks. The third recipe, Burgundy Butterfly, is my other favorite, in a completely different way. A dramatic black urn is filled with rich burgundies and fuschias, including fascinating rose mallow and purple fountain grasses — a perfect planting of autumn glamour.
Is the end of the summer the end of your gardening, or a time for celebrating rich reds, glowing coppers, and deep, dark burgundies?
(Image: The BULLETIN At Terrain)