As we turn our calendars to August with summer in full swing, it may seem a bit odd to be talking about "fall color." Planning is important in all aspects of life, and planning for the garden is also essential. I will be posting a few of my fall favorites over the next few days.
I'm always delighted to find a plant which is interesting over a long period of time. It's also a bonus if that plant is not only pretty but is also functional in other ways (i.e., nectar for the pollinators). For that reason, I think Ajania pacifica (commonly called Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum) is a winner. It thrives in our summer sun, needs little extra water, and tolerates our winters as well. When few plants are providing nectar in late October and November, this one is a favorite of many small pollinators. The beautiful white margins of the delicately-scalloped leaves are stunning year-round. Give it a good "haircut" in the spring, and this beauty will provide lots of interest in your garden.