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Perennial asters grow on mounding or upright plants with lance-shaped foliage, producing autumn blooms in shades of blue, red, white, and pink. The flower is welcome in the fall garden to compliment mums, which aren’t available in blue shades. Asters are a rich source of nectar, and because they flower at the height of monarch butterfly migration season, they are a frequent way station for these insects. Allow the asters to remain standing through the winter. This gives the asters a stronger ability to survive winter weather. It also allows the birds to collect the seeds from the flowers and keep the growing cycle going.
Apply fertilizer at the base of the plants before and after winter; fertlize again during the middle of the year to sustain good plant growth and blossoms.
Place a 2-inch layer of mulch or compost over the ground where the asters are in late autumn. Make sure the mulch is spread out evenly. This will both keep the frost out and maintain proper moisture content for the flowers during the winter. Too much water is the principal killer of aster flowers during winter. Make sure the soil is well-draining before applying the mulch. Sprinkle fresh aster flowers in salads, or use the petals as a finishing garnish on cooked meats or vegetables.
This is a colorful ornamental grass with icy blue foliage and pale yellow flowers. It is drought-tolerant and grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Grasses bring motion, texture and often striking seed heads to autumn views. A truly versatile perennial grass, blue fescue has a wonderful blue color that lasts all year. It can be used as an accent plant, in mass plantings, containers, crevices—the list is endless! With its clump-forming habit, blue fescue forms uniform balls of foliage topped with feathery straw bloom stalks in the summer. Blue fescue is also very drought tolerant, making it a great choice for rock gardens.Its noninvasive trait also means it works well as an edging plant because it won't leave its bounds. Planting blue fescue in full sun will help the plant achieve bright blue colors. In part sun, leaves tend to be more on the green side. It is important to remember that blue fescue is a cool-season grass. This plant is one of the “no fuss” plants perfect for the low maintenance garden. Choose a sunny location when planting blue fescue. Blue fescue plants are evergreen but they do lose some of the older blades and grow new fresh deep blue leaves in spring.
For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can't go wrong with fall mums! Mums are the divas of the autumn garden. The blooms last for weeks, not days, and the sheer number of flowers per plant will convince anyone that this garden favorite really likes to show off. Add the mum's impressionistic abilities to its longevity, and you have a plant that pulls its weight in the garden! Most garden mums will withstand a light fall frost. Whether in a pot or in your garden, mums like lots of light. Mums thrive in full sun conditions as long as you give them enough water. Choose a spot that gets at least six hours of sun a day. Plants that don't get enough sunlight will be tall and leggy and produce fewer, smaller flowers. Just be careful: Light is not the same as heat. After they are established, give mums about an inch of water per week. As a general rule, deer won't eat chrysanthemums. But it's really up to the deer. Like people, individual deer have specific tastes.
Oregon Grape is a deer resistant, low maintenance, durable, evergreen shrub with glossy green, holly like foliage. It produces spikey clusters of Butterfly attracting, bright yellow flowers in the spring, followed by bluish-black berries to feed the birds. Oregon Grapes are capable of growing up to 6 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide,making them a perfect choice for a barrier or hedge. Terminal clusters of small, bright yellow, lightly scented flowers appear in early to mid-spring
and are followed by clusters of small, edible, grape-like fruits by late summer. These undemanding plants can be grown in almost any light, from full sun to dense shade, but will grow best in partial shade. They will tolerate a wide range of soil types, but thrive in humus rich, slightly acidic, evenly moist but well draining garden soil.
Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Pansies have heart-shaped, overlapping petals and one of the widest ranges of bright, pretty colors and patterns. Good for containers, borders, and as ground cover, they are a go-to flower for reliable color almost year-round. The pansy may be treated as either an annual or a perennial, depending on your climate. However, most gardeners treat this plant as an annual because it prefers cool weather and gets too leggy in the heat of summer. Pansies are surprisingly hearty in cold weather, though. They’ll survive a frost, bouncing back from even single digit temperatures. If the blooms wither in the cold, the plants will often stay alive to bloom again, which makes them a great flowering plant for fall and early winter color.
Fragrant sarcococca (Sarcococca ruscifolia) is an evergreen plant with fragrant white flowers that emerge in December to light up the landscape. Growing 3 feet wide and tall, fragrant sarcococca have a slow to moderate growth rate and medium to fine texture. Drought-tolerant, fragrant sarcococca has dark green, leather-like leaves that contrast with the white blooms. Fragrant sarcococca have an upright, rounded form with arching branches, ideal planted as a specimen plant in the landscape. Fragrant sarcococca requires partial to full shade and well-drained, acidic soil that is moist and humus-rich. The zones for planting are 7b to 9.