7 Fall Flowers You Need In Your Garden
People often associate flower gardens with the bright and bold blooms of summer. But did you know that you can also enjoy luscious flowers in the fall? There are late-blooming flowers that dazzle in the jewel tones of red, purple, and gold.
These beautifully toned flowers have a way of ushering us into the colder months with vibrant warm colors that are striking and gorgeous to behold.
Today, we’ll be talking about seven fall flowers you need in your garden and how you can help improve the hardiness of these plants.. Let’s get started!
Considerations When Growing Late Blooming Flowers
These flowers are a spectacle to behold once they start blooming. Their jewel-like colors bring life and vitality to any yard as the colder season starts to move in. However, there is some much-needed prep work you need to do to ensure that your plants grow properly.
First, you should pick plants that tend to bloom late but not too much so that the frost hits first. Check seed packets for bloom timing or ask for help at your local nursery.
Second, fall-blooming flowers tend to grow tall and leggy in the summer so when the time comes for it to bloom, it becomes top-heavy with leafy growth and ends up falling over. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to stake the plants early in the season so you can make sure they grow upright and tall.
You can also plant fall-bloomers in the back boarder of your flower patch. This way, they can grow as tall as they need to be while the shorter plants in front support them.
Third, you need to periodically prune fall flowers to make them stockier and more self-supporting. When the plants reach 6 to 8 inches tall, start cutting every 3 to 4 weeks.
However, be aware that certain plants don’t respond to pruning. Moreover, pruning can delay the blooming period by at least a week.
7 Best Late Bloomers to Grow in Your Garden
These gorgeous yellow blooms are often blamed for hay fever sneezes but they aren’t really the culprit (we’re looking at you, ragweed!).
Despite the confusion, goldenrod is an excellent plant that blooms in the fall and they offer brightness to any garden. These stately plants are one of the last flowers to bloom in the fall.
Dianthus are not only beautiful but they also smell great. These flowers come in white, pink, red, and purple.
Plus, their lovely fragrance is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face when they walk through your garden.
The delicate paper-like bloom of Japanese Anemone make them a lovely addition to the fall flowers in your garden. They start flowering in late summer until the frost.
They take their time to become established but once they’ve had a couple of years in your garden, you don’t have to do much in terms of maintenance. They also self-sow.
Chrysanthemums grow lush blooms that are extremely popular in the fall. They come in stunning colors of red, orange, yellow, peach, and white.
You can grow these in containers or in the ground. When you do grow them in the ground, keep them well-watered and mulched before the frost hits.
Also called Autumn Joy or Sedum, Stonecrop is also a staple of fall gardens. These plants grow clusters of flowers that require minimal attention and attract few problems.
You may need to be wary about deer however since these creatures are fond of Sedum.
These adorable flowers are heavy bloomers that survive drops in temperatures. You need to time your planting, however. They need to be planted before the thermometer reads 45 degrees F.
Asters bloom in shades of purple, pink, white, and blue. Apart from adding interest to your fall garden, they can also help feed hungry bees and butterflies in the autumn.
There you have it, 7 great Fall Flowers you can add to your garden and have blooms well past summer. Can you think of any we missed? Please leave them in the comments below.
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