When the flowers of summer fade and die the garden can look rather dull and depressing. As the leaves fall and the flower stems turn from green to brown it appears that the garden is finished for another year. But it doesn’t have to be like this. There is still time with the correct choice of plants to enjoy a last burst of color before the frosts arrive. This article by Annette Ipsan which I found on The Master Gardeners website suggests ten plants that bloom at this season.
Fall is often the garden’s forgotten season. We spend so much time creating beauty from spring’s first flowers to June’s abundance that we forget how rewarding fall can be. The good news is that there are some wonderful plants that put on their best show between August and October.
First, go for the gold – or, rather goldenrod. All perennial Solidago varieties (not to be confused with sneeze-inducing ragweed) sport rays of yellow blooms until the first frost. Try the common knee-high cultivars or the spectacular 4-foot “Fireworks.”
Brazilian verbena just keeps going and going, blooming right up to frost from its June beginnings. Purple clusters of tiny flowers dance in the slightest breeze atop 3-foot stems. I never cut this reliable perennial back because it looks lovely when capped with snow.
Go to the next page to see more of these great fall blooming flowers.