Plant name: Amaranth
Botanical name: Amaranthus paniculatus ‘Autumn Palette’
Suggested by: Susan Jelllinek, Thompson & Morgan (www.thompson-morgan.com)
Virtues: It grows to 6 feet tall, making it a good background plant. Quickly and easily grown from seed. Works as a cut flower.
Flower: Color ranges from buff to soft peach to deeper apricot.
Foliage: Mid- to deep green, stays clean throughout the season.
Habit: Tall and narrow, with sturdy stems—plant several together for a mass of color.
Season: Summer until frost.
Companions: Its subtle coloration allows it to go well with nearly anything. Deep blue salvia and bushy coleus really work.