Tag Archives: Fall Bloomers

Beauty in Autumn

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Chrysanthemum “Duchess of Edinburgh”

Under an impossibly blue, brilliant sky, golden leaves rain down on the garden bellow. The cool temperatures suit these fall bloomers. They offer the last gift of color for us and nourishment to pollinators before the leaves start to come down for a last hurrah!

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Aster

Asters are classic fall bloomers.  Don’t you love them? A full 250 cultivars have been classified, covering a wide spectrum of colors, native and perennial.  These are a perennial variety I have enjoyed for decades.  I buy Asters, Chrysanthemums and other fall bloomers to plant in spring, I then almost forget them. Always makes me happy when I see them burst out just when I thought the garden was done!

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Melampodium

Sold as an annual, Melampodium reseeds itself every year. I collect and scatter its seeds were I want them in other parts of the garden. Also a drought resistant plant and best of all, deer have do not go after them! Very tidy and showy mounds full of blooms! at this time of the year it is like a basket of sunshine.

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Tall Sedum and annual Browallia

I grow this tall Sedum sp. in my pots and add a variety of annuals each year in the spring. Deer love them and always eat them in the garden. They do well in pots and awaken every spring even more energized than the year before! Their succulent foliage is very attractive in early spring and drought resistant which makes them a great plant if you don’t want to water all that much! The late blooms at times appear alive as pollinators flock to enjoy their nectar!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Fabulous Plant!

Hard to believe that here we are in the beginning of November and this plant is the only thing still blooming in the garden.  It is,  Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’ or Pineapple Sage.  When I picked it up in early April it was in the herbs rack at the local nursery.  I planted it in my herb garden and it quickly outgrew the space and threatened to displace a french tarragon plant that I have been nurturing for years.  I cut it down drastically in June but left both in place.  It started blooming in September and has not quit since.  This is not widely available so I had to read up a bit about it and it is hardy only to zone 8.  I think I will risk it and leave it in the garden to see if it comes back and report back then.  I highly recommend this beauty for your gardens!

“Plant your sage and rue together,
The sage will grow in any weather…” 

~Thomas Cavendish,