Fall is a trying time for gardeners in California. Even those of my neighbors who have a more traditional, well-watered garden don't have the lush landscape they enjoy in spring. And for those of us who favor drought tolerant plants, things start looking a little grim in late August, and deteriorate until the first rains in October (fingers crossed!).
Yes, fall is also the time that a few plants will bring forth a few dainty little flowers before taking a rest for winter.
|Fall Blossoms on Monkey Flower|
|Monardella Blossoms in Fall|
It usually starts in mid July with the low-growing "UC Hybrid" cultivar that I bought a few years ago.
|California Fuchsia "UC Hybrid"|
Growing just a few inches high, I appreciate this plant for the early start of the bloom time - and for being able to see something behind it.
Then, in early September, my largest fuchsia patch starts blooming. These are plants that were gifts from a dear friend, so I appreciate them especially.
|California Fuchsia "Calistoga"|
It's a combination of two varieties. "Calistoga" is bright red and grows tall, easily to 4 feet if I don't pinch it. This plant reseeds, though not aggressively, and each fall I'm surprised by where I suddenly see splotches of red in unexpected places.
|Salmon-colored California Fuchsia|
|Bright Red and Salmon-Colored California Fuchsia|
But for the next few months, I get to enjoy the splash of color and the hummingbirds coming to visit - the perfect cure for the "my garden looks terrible" blues.