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Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads that range in color from white to blue to purple. The name “aster” comes from the Ancient Greek word for “star”—a reference to the plant’s star-shaped flowers. They bring delightful beauty to the garden in late summer and autumn, when many of our summer blooms may be fading. Asters are mainly symbols of powerful love. Perhaps because of their positive symbolism, according to folklore they were once burned to ward off serpents. Asters add a punch of color to the late summer and early fall landscape and require minimal care. Asters also attract bees and butterflies, providing the pollinators with an important late-season supply of nectar. Asters prefer climates with cool, moist summers—especially cool night temperatures. In warmer climates, plant asters in areas that avoid the hot mid-day sun. Cut asters back in winter after the foliage has died, or leave them through the winter to add some off-season interest to your garden. Aster flowers that are allowed to mature fully may reseed themselves, but resulting asters may not bloom true. A Plus is these are deer-resistant!
Planted for their really spectacular blooms that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, mums are the perfect fall-blooming plant. Their showy flowers appear in late summer and continue into the fall, creating dense mats of color. If you're planning on overwintering them, plant mums in late spring to give them time to develop roots. Mums are the quintessential flower of fall! They're sturdy, don't mind a light frost, and come in a rainbow of colors. Technically, they're perennials. They can be a few inches tall or a few feet, depending on the type. It is a plant that requires full sun and well-drained soil to grow, and it will do best in zones five to 10. Because of the plants’ shallow roots, it will need a bit more water than most plants. These fare so well in pots on porch steps or along the walkway until frost nips them. So cheery and colorful, they will brighten your home landscape well into winter.
Coral bells (Heuchera) grown primarily for its colorful foliage, is a cold-tolerant perennial that comes in every shade from deepest burgundy to lime green and everything in between. The stunning, frilly leaves provide pops of color long after your other annuals have faded. Heuchera plants form round mounds with a woody rootstock or crown at their base. Small bell-shaped flowers appear in spring or early summer on tall stems. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, plus they make nice cut flowers. Their leaves are rounded, lobed, hairy, and evergreen or semi-evergreen, depending on the climate. Besides traditional green-leaved coral bells, new varieties of heuchera have leaves in shades of purple, rose, lime green, gold, and variegations in between. Heuchera are native North American plants that are at home in woodlands, rock gardens, containers, and borders. They can also be used as ground covers.
Marigolds are incredibly easy-going and reliable under a wide range of growing conditions. Once planted, marigolds grow rapidly with no fuss. Most thrive in full sun, taking hot, sunny exposures in stride. Marigolds can even handle the reflected heat and light of paved surfaces as long as they get regular moisture. However, marigolds will tolerate up to 20% shade if there is bright light the rest of the day. No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, bringing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long. Marigolds have daisy- or carnation-like flower heads that are produced singly or in clusters. If dying blossoms are regularly removed, it will encourage the plant to continue blooming profusely.
Often grown as annuals, petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their long flowering period. By midsummer, most petunias get leggy, producing blossoms at the tips of long, leafless stems. To keep petunias tidy and flowering, we prune the shoots back to about half their length. This will encourage more branching and flowers. The flowers come in many colors and patters, and bloom from spring until frost! Height can vary from 6 inches to 18 inches. Spread can be from 18 inches to 4 feet. Petunias need full sun or they will become spindly. They don’t tend to flower in the shade. They are quite versatile, growing in different types of soil, but it is important that the soil drains well and doesn’t stay wet. Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area). Also, remove faded, old, or dead blossoms to both improve blooms and attractiveness, especially for the larger-flowered petunias. Dead-heading prevents seed pods from competing for the plant’s food supplies.
Sedum Autumn Joy
Sedum is a great plant for the fall garden. This popular upright variety of stonecrop, is also known as a sedum. Easy to grow and virtually maintenance free, it delivers full mounds of dusty pink flowers that set the late-summer and early-fall beds and borders ablaze with colour and beauty. Its fleshy, succulent leaves resemble those of the jade plant. It is a clumping upright plant that grows to about 2 feet tall. Tight clusters of tiny pink flowers appear in September to October, gradually maturing to a deep rust color. White and pink are the most commonly seen flower colors on sedum. Makes a nice cut-flower addition as well. Most varieties of sedum are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8. With more than 400 varieties of sedum available, there are flowers in every color imaginable except blue. The height of sedum varies considerably. There are ground covers as well as shrubs. These are quite slow-growing plants, so if quick impact is critical, buy fully mature plants in gallon-size pots. Water infrequently; more than 1 inch of water every two weeks is overkill. No fertilizing is necessary.