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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!
The gorgeous cannas boast immense, often-veined, paddle-shaped leaves and sheathing leafstalks in shades of green or bronze—and flashy blooms that stand tall on their stems. With their great reedy canes and palmy foliage, cannas would be magnificent even if they never bloomed. However, they keep pumping out colorful flowers from late spring or early summer to frost. When most flowers can’t take the heat of late July and early August, cannas thrive. Their flowers come in many bright colors—red, orange, yellow, and pink—and their foliage also offers options—green, bronze, and variegated. Plant cannas as a tall border; they are even perfect for narrow spaces. The plant looks fantastic when back-lit by a setting sun. Or, make cannas the focus and hero of large patio pots filled with super bright annuals. Liven up plantings near water features or boggy areas where these cannas will happily thrive. You can even grow them in large containers indoors near brightly lit windows.
Lilies are tall perennials prized for their graceful blooms, which often feature an intoxicating fragrance. These summer-flowering beauties grow well as clusters in pots and beds. There are many types to choose from, including Oriental, Asiatic, Trumpet and Longiflorum. Some cultivars of Oriental lilies such as casa blanca do not bloom until September. Other varieties of lilium will bloom in August and may still have blooms come September. Most lilies are highly fragrant and do best in the middle to back of the flower garden border because of their height, which can range anywhere from 18-inches to 12-feet tall. Most varieties range in height from 2-feet to 5-feet tall. The best positioning for most liliums is full sun to part shade. Oriental lilies prefer a cooler, more sheltered position, and may require protection from hot sun and hot winds. These plants work best in clumps or clusters and are happy alongside azaleas, camellias and smaller rhododendrons and camellias.
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.