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Temper brights with more muted hues. Bold red blooms, which can look garish when planted en masse, are used sparingly and toned down with flowers in maroon and rust. Foliage in black, brown, and burgundy gives the palette a sophisticated edge.
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When considering colors, “it is important to plan a garden that won’t quit after June,” says Wave Hill's director of horticulture Scott Canning. Thanks to the orange ‘Japanese Bishop’ dahlia, gumdrops of red Gomphrena haageana, and Amaranthus caudatus, this border peaks in what Wave Hill's founding director of horticulture Marco Polo Stufano calls “the miracle of mid- September” and will continue to delight well into October.
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Feathery orange plumes of Amaranthus paniculatus ‘Autumn Palette’ can reach six feet in height. This easy-to-grow annual blooms from summer through fall.
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A hardy shrub that can reach 15 feet in height, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ features dark foliage that ranges from maroon to black, and in summer delicate purplish flowers, that resemble puffs of smoke.
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Dianthus Barbatus ‘Heart Attack’
This sun-loving perennial reaches a foot high, and has dark red flowers that bloom from early spring to summer. Cut back spent blossoms to encourage new flowering.
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Gomphrena Haageana ‘Strawberry Fields’
This drought- and heat-tolerant annual produces bright red bracts (that look like strawberries) from mid-summer through frost when grown in full sun. They make excellent cut and dried flowers.
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