Kick off the fall season with a bit of team spirit in your garden. Let your neighbors know who you're rooting for with a color display of your favorite football team's colors. From flowers and foliage to fruit and fall color, nature can help you support your team.
"Orange" you gonna use this color?
From Texas burnt orange to Tennessee bright orange, these plants serve up a version or two of this hue:
zinnia 'Profusion Orange', 'Profusion Fire' and 'Profusion Apricot'
coleus, options include 'Rustic Orange'
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)
Echinacea 'Mango Meadowbrite'
lantana, options include 'Miss Huff' and 'Spreading Sunset'
Osteospermum 'Orange Symphony'
strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata 'Sundaze Bronze Orange')
witchhazel (Hamamelis sp.)
dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'September Morn')
serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea 'Forest Prince')
Color me red
Whether it's Alabama crimson or Washington maroon, nature loves this color.
Celosia 'Fresh Look Red' and Coleus 'Crimson Velvet'
Dahlia, options include 'Bishop of Llandaff'
ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum), such as 'Chilly Chili'
red shield hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella 'Red Shield')
holly, includes Ilex opaca, I. cornuta, I. verticillata and I. decidua
maple, includes Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset', A. japonicum and A. ginnala 'Flame'
heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica)
"Yellow" out loud for your team
This catchy color is mostly an accent for teams' primary colors, but nature provides plenty in both foliage and flowers.
swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
daylily (Hemerocallis sp.)
Celosia 'Fresh Look Gold'
golden variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon')
Osteospermum 'Lemon Symphony'
golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea')
aspen, poplar (Populus sp.)
Though blue is a bit challenging to get in the natural world, here are some plants that could work for Penn State and New England fans.
blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
No lack of black
Los Angeles and Pittsburgh fans can find plenty of black or very dark foliage and flowers:
Alternanthera 'Black Knight'
coleus, options include 'Othello' and 'Dark Star'
black ornamental millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty')
black elephant ear (Colocasia 'Black Magic')
ornamental pepper 'Black Pearl'
Acalypha 'Chocolate Ruffles'
black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
bugbane (Cimicifuga 'Black Negligee', also called Actaea)
Does one part of the family support one team while the other supports the opposition? Why not compromise by using combinations of plants from the list above? For example, the Ohio State fan in the family can plant canna 'Australia' and red celosia with the golden flowers of Rudbeckia for the Iowa fan's team colors. Be a good sport — maybe you'll come up with the ultimate plant partnership.