Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
Autumn drama queens
Whether you call amaranths gaudy, exotic, or downright glamorous, these warm-season annuals always stop traffic in Sunset’s test garden. Their velvety flowers run the gamut from upright and dense to drooping tassels. Blooms come in richly saturated harvest hues, and they hold their colors and shapes even when dry (hence their name, from the Greek word for “unfading”). Snag some from your garden, florist, or local farmers’ market to add a dash of passion to an autumn bouquet.