Grab a blanket and cozy up to these Pumpkin Spice Latte-colored (and scented) plants
Pumpkin Spice Latte (a.k.a. #PSL) season is nearly upon us, but even if you don’t drink the stuff, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the hygge autumn vibe they represent. To kick off the season, we’ve selected our favorite fall garden plants with a chai-spiced mood to visually echo that cozy fall feeling every time you look out the window; they evoke all the best of fall, but in creamier, frothier, nutmeg-dusted shades. We’ve also got some warm caramel-apple cider hues for the dairy-free crowd (plus a few dark chocolatey colors to sip on), and even a few that smell as good as they look. Drink up!
Caramel Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’)
‘Tiger Eyes’ Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana ‘Tiger Eyes’)
There’s nothing happier in an autumn garden than a smiling pansy. The ‘Tiger Eyes’ variety takes everything we love about candy corn-colored violas and drizzles it in chocolate syrup. These splendid, low-growing pansies are not only edible, but also delightfully fragrant.
‘French Vanilla’ Marigold (Tagetes ‘French Vanilla’)
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This beautiful marigold variety looks like it’d be right at home as the foam sitting on top of a spiced cappuccino. Like all Tagetes marigolds, ‘French Vanilla’ is a cinch to grow in containers or in borders, and will keep blooming well into early winter if spent blooms are pinched off.
Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’
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This double-bloom variety comes in shades of pumpkin and harvest gold, and looks like it was created just for autumn. The fluffy form is like a snuggly version of a sunflower. We also love Rubeckia ‘Caramel’ for its softer hues, but any way you slice it, this sweet specimen pairs perfectly with flannel and hayrides.
Cockscomb (Celosia cristata) ‘Bombay’ Series
Calendula ‘Orange Flash’
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These cutie-pies look so sunny and friendly with their dusty-pink blooms, like a glass mug of spiced crabapple cider. They also make a lovely herbal tea (in case you don’t drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes), and they’re so easy to grow. We’re also sipping on the new variety ‘Cantaloupe.’
Nasturtium ‘Peach Melba’
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The blooms on this yummy nasturtium make us want to curl right up with a wool blanket and sip something warm. ‘Gleam Salmon’ and ‘Ladybird Rose’ are also delectable choices for a PSL garden. They’re a lovely addition to a fall bouquet, too; just add chocolate-cabernet ‘Arabian Night’ dahlia, ‘Autumn Beauty’ sunflowers and some ornamental grasses.
Dahlia ‘El Sol’
It may be named after the sun, but this dahlia makes us think of a harvest moon. The phenomenal variegated blooms on ‘El Sol’ — up to 12 inches wide on a 4½-foot-tall plant — are putting us in a major golden hour mood. These look stunning with other cidery hues.
A flawless intermediate incurve form, ‘Tropez’ is another gorgeous chrysanthemum variety that just oozes autumn. Just looking at it makes us feel like we’re eating popcorn balls and apple slices dipped in caramel. Chrysanthemums are a must-have in any fall garden and bouquet.
Scents and Sensibility
Don’t worry, our pumpkin spice latte garden will satisfy all your senses. To take your pumpkin spice latte garden to the hilt, add some of these delectably chai spice-scented plants.
Carnation ‘Caramel’ (Dianthus ‘Caramel’)
This spice-scented carnation is a florist’s dream — we’re absolutely gaga over this exquisite dulce de leche color. These are an outstanding way to add pop to more somber, black- and brown-flowered bouquets, and they look delicious with spice-colored plants.
Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum)
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Nutmeg-Scented Geranium Pelargonium ‘Nutmeg’)
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This one may not look very autumnal, but don’t let that deter you from considering this great border plant. Its flowers do look little like frothed milk, but more importantly, this heavenly scented geranium smells like it’s ready to be scratched onto the foamy top of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. We also love the ginger-scented geranium.
Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus)
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The leaves, bark, and seed pods of Carolina allpsice (aka sweetshrub) have a sweet-spicy fragrance when crushed, and the red magnolia-like summer blooms on the ‘Aphrodite’ variety smell a little like apples. Put it all together, and we’re getting some serious spiced cider vibes. It turns gold in the fall, right around the time when its fragrant seed capsules are ripe. Though it’s native to the southeastern United States, this shade-tolerant shrub can be grown in Zones 5-9.