Autumn YellowsPosted: November 3, 2014
Autumn seems to bring out the yellows in the Automatic Garden. The native Swamp Sunflower keeps its blooms for weeks. This started out as one plant, but has reseeded and multiplied over a few years to the point that some had to be removed.
The Esperanza or Yellow Bells (tecoma stans, Texas native) took a very hard hit during last winter’s freeze. It struggled all summer and was finally able to put out some flowers before next winter arrives.
Mexican or Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is a favorite of the Monarch Butterfly. This is a yellow variety. The Monarchs fly over the Gulf Coast on their migrations to and from Mexico. This Tropical Milkweed should be cut back in the fall as it harbors a parasite that is fatal to the Monarchs.
And of course, a favorite of the autumn garden is the yellow Oenothera grandiflora or Evening Primrose. It seeded itself all over the garden naturally creating succession germination and has had a plant blooming since August. It is a native of Alabama where William Bartram first collected it.