birdbath with pumpkins, yucca, Nicotiana sylvestris, Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' and blue Arizona fir in autumn garden
Photo: Jim Westphalen
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Let No Season Go to Waste

A four-season sort of gardener, Robin would never let autumn fall off the map, even though that went against the tide of typical nursery availability. Fall is when most nurseries sell their inventory for 30 percent off and call it a day. Meanwhile, the big-box stores and supermarkets go straight into chrysanthemum mode—period. Robin likes mums, but they are just the beginning. Although beefing up fall required some legwork, research, and trips to specialty nurseries, she got the fairy-tale ending to the growing season that she wanted.

Shown: The birdbath beside the studio is flanked by colossal pumpkins. Yucca, Nicotiana sylvestris, and Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' complement the blue Arizona fir in the distance.
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