As fall approaches, lush summer gardens seem to lose their luster. Gone to seed are the once-bright Echinacea (coneflower). All that's left of the Petunias is a leggy tangle of twisted vines. Barren stalks protrude from the earth where blossoms used to bounce on the breeze. But it's too early to give up on Mother Nature. There's still life left in your garden; it just needs a little rejuvenation. Revitalize your fall garden by adding some lovely late-blooming flowers, a few decorative grasses and exotic ornamentals.
Ornamental Grasses and tall bloomers are the stars of the fall garden. Use them en masse as an undulating backdrop for bright orange, low-growing Marigolds (Marigol) held over from summer or plant the occasional ruffled Ornamental Cabbage (Brassic) or Ornamental Kale in their midst to create an interesting textural contrast. Fall-blooming plants are generally tough and drought-tolerant, requiring little gardening care. Many fall favorites are tall growers that create a dramatic display in the fall garden, particularly when their vibrant colors surprise the eye against a sea of burnished ornamental grasses.
If you want to add a little pizazz to your fall garden, consider adding a few of these colorful late-blooming beauties:
- Aster. The classic fall flower, asters fill the garden with clouds of petaled flowers in rich pink and purple hues. Asters look best tucked amongst other flowers or ornamental grasses which help keep their slender stems upright.
- Chrysanthemum (Mum). This traditional autumn favorite comes in a wide variety of colors from deep red and soft lavender to russet orange and bright yellow. In temperate climates, chrysanthemums may grow as perennials, returning to bloom year after year. In colder climates, mums are best considered an annual.
- Rudbeckia (Gloriosa Daisy). Commonly known as Black-eyed Susans, this bright yellow daisy-like perennial with the large fuzzy brown center is a cheerful addition to fall gardens. It flowers from mid-summer to frost.