Labor Day always marks the beginning of seasonal change; the evenings feel slightly cooler, the breeze picks up a bit and with the sun setting a bit earlier, autumn has arrived. The greenery that we enjoy throughout the spring and summer continues to thrive. One thing I especially enjoy with the wide varieties of tropical plants in my area is that they don’t lose their leaves with the change of season but the autumn does bring some relief from the intense heat of summer that can drain vibrant color from plants and vegetation. And for northern visitors and seasonal residents who enjoy the change of seasons, the tropical croton plant featured here with its brilliant red, orange and yellow colors are hard not to notice. Although these beautiful plants add color to any garden all year round, they evoke the special feelings of autumn for those who may need a little connection with ‘back home.’ Add a birdbath or birdfeeder and a variety of migrating birds are sure to join you and add even more pleasure to your outdoor experience.
With the cooler weather more of us will gather around the fire pits in the evening hours. Patio chairs made from weather resistant materials provide the perfect condition for this outdoor garden and the seating arrangement around the fire pit invites conversation and relaxation with family and friends. Framed with colorful plants, the space is defined yet its openness creates the feel of endless possibilities and freedom. The open side allows plenty of space for additional chairs making visitors or guests welcome. So whether it’s relaxing in the shade for cocktails and conversation during the day or gathering around the fire pit or grill with family and friends in the evening, backyard gardens are where we develop meaningful connections and expand entertainment; these are among the reasons free time is spent in my outdoor garden!