of the key players in the autumn garden is the Aster…from
the light blue shades of Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ (shown far
to the short and sweet Dwarf Asters, such as ‘Professor
Kippenburg,’ a wisteria-blue, or cheerful “Rose Serenade.’
That's 'Perfection Mixed" at near left.
Plants bloom from mid-August to the end of October with very
little trouble when situated in full sun. They should be
pinched back in summer to ensure a full, bushy plant with
stems that won't topple over.
Daisies, come in more than just white now (shown far right).
Colors range from the salmon pink of ‘Clara Curtis,’
white ‘Snowcap,’ and the newest of the group, ‘Cobham
Gold,’ almost pure yellow, add more color when needed with
little care. That's 'Broadway Lights' at near right.
in full sun and well-drained soil. Divide the clumps
every three to four years for best performance.
and Joe-Pye Weed
Echinacea purpurea or alba, bring a wealth of pink daisy like
flowers to the fall garden. Mixed
red, purple, yellow and white shown at near left.
careful pruning you can keep Joe-Pye weed (shown far left), Eupatorium fistulosum, blooming until October. This is another
butterfly magnet with dusky rose flower heads.
Conflowers and Joy-Pye Weed prefer well drained soil but
Joe-Pye weed requires extra moisture. Coneflowers can
take some shade, especially during the hottest part of the
phlox are blooming their heads off now, and will continue to
do so until frost comes to central Massachusetts.
Keep deadheading, and the blooms continue from the side
shoots. My garden
contains tall Phlox Paniculata ‘Starfire,’ cherry red, ‘David,’
a clear white, ‘The King’, an intense shade of purple, ‘Eva
Cullum,’ pink florets with a red eye, ‘Franz Shubert,’
an old fashioned shade of lilac (far right).
Most of the above are phlox are mildew resistant, and
Dwarf varieties make excellent border and bedding plant.
That's 'Beauty Dwarf' mixed at near right.
sage, (May Nights shown near left) late blooming daylilies, helianthus (sunflower), and helenium (sneezeweed) are a few of the spreading or
groundcover type perennials that will bring color to your
Don’t forget the sedums…from the taller varieties such as
Autumn Joy, 'Meteor Spectabile' (shown far left), and my favorite, the variegated ‘Frosty
garden should have at least one Buddleia (Summer Lilac or
Butterfly Bush). There are now dwarf varieties like 'Buzz
Magenta' (shown far right) that are great in containers.
your favorite color is the hard part. I’m partial to
the hardier Buddleia Davidii's like ‘Black Knight,’
a blue-black cultivar, and ‘Pink Delight,’ with dense pink
will grow 6 feet or taller in full sun and are rated zones
5-9. (shown near right).
often die back to the ground in zones 5 and 6, but be patient,
as they quickly begin growing back during June. Be
prepared to support your buddleia should it get leggy, by
putting large tomato cages or peony rings over then when
spring growth begin.
forget Caryopteris x clandonensis “Longwood Blue Bluebeard'
(shown far left), a fine fall bloomer.
alnifolia (Summersweet), blooms for a long season from late
summer and is one of the best native American shrubs. It
comes in white, pink or 'Ruby Spice' (shown near right) that smells of cloves.
needs full sun, and protection from the wind.
Summersweet needs a moister soil and prefers a bit of mid-day
Lilies and Other Bulbs
Lilies are in full glory now…with color ranges in white,
pink, and reds with some bicolors.
(Shown is the fragrant Asiatic 'Lilium Truecolors' mixed
near right) Many of the Oriental Lilies are fragrant.
blooming crocus and colchicums can also be found at your local
nursery. Shown far left mauve
'Speciosus AGM,' purple 'Conqueror", and white 'Albus'.
and fall blooming bulbs prefer full sun and well drained
soil. Both can be divided in spring and replanted to
propagate more glorious fall bloom.
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