Perennials for Fall Season Color
"The Late Show"
by Linda Fisher
As the lazy days of summer draw to a close, it's a good time
to plant your autumn garden.
Many of the late-blooming perennials are tremendously hardy
and come in knock-your-socks-off colors. They can be
planted from spring until late October so there is still plenty
of time to nestle a few purple, blue, or pink asters among the
fading summer flowers.
try adding some warmth to a cool autumn day with the red, orange
and yellow hues of 'Mesa Yellow' Blanket Flower
(Gaillardia) and 'First Light' Helianthus that blooms mid-summer
until frost. And don't forget about reblooming daylilies
and iris. An added bonus to fall perennials is their
ability to add interest to your winter garden. The dried
flowers and stalks of plants such as 'Mr. Goodbud' Stonecrop
(Sedum) and Coneflower (Rudbeckia) can remain in the garden
during winter, catching the snow or feeding the birds. For
a stunning display of brilliant yellow cloud like foliage,
Thread Leaf Bluestem (Amsonia hubrichtii) is sure to please.
Ornamental grasses like 'Purple Maiden Grass' (Miscanthus)
are great performers when it comes to autumn interest.
Many varieties hold their blooms beautifully through both fall
and winter. You can check out the Grass Garden at Reilly's
Garden Center if you're looking for good ideas. We have a
wonderful display garden on the hillside to the left of the
entrance and below the barn. The grasses are mature so you
can visualize the stunning effect-these graceful, exciting
plants would have on your landscape.
For a shady garden, nothing beats the iridescent blue flowers
of Cranesbill 'Rozanne' (Geranium) or the delicate petals of a
'Party Girl" Windflower (Anemone). The tall white
bottlebrush flowers of Snakeroot (Cimicifuga) will catch the
autumn breezes while brightening up a shady area.
Pipsqueak (Bergenia), which has shiny green foliage throughout
the summer, turns a striking red or bronze in the fall.
Heuchera is another great perennial for a multitude of color
which lasts into winter.
There are many other perennials that will allow you to create
a stunning fall garden. Please stop and let us help you
find the perfect fall-blooming plant that gives pleasure through
autumn and beyond.
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