Audition Some Autumn Bloomers

Mums, Mums, Mums – Mums are perfect for brightening any corner of the yard … you can’t beat this traditional fall favorite!

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ – This late-blooming perennial has bold foliage and pink, changing to copper-colored flower heads.

Japanese Anemone – Tall growing Japanese anemones are a stately addition to the perennial garden. Bloom colors range from pure white to various shades of pink. Flowers can be single, semi-double or double. Anemones grow well in light to moderate shade and spread quickly to form large clumps.

Goldenrod (Solidago) – This perennial has sunny yellow flowers.  Wrongly blamed as the cause of fall allergy problems (now attributed to Ragweed), Goldenrod has rightly taken its place in the fall garden. It looks particularly effective combined with blue flowering Plumbago, purple Asters and ornamental grasses.

Asters – Another group of fall bloomers that butterflies love are the Asters. Asters like plenty of sun and moist but well drained soil. There are many colorful Aster varieties in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Some favorites include tall-growing Aster ‘Alma Potschke’ with bright pink flowers, blue-flowered Aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’ and low-growing Aster ‘Purple Dome’ with its deep purple blooms.

Pansies – Pansies give us many months of color when other flowers have faded. Beds, borders, containers, and hanging baskets – dress them all for fall with cheerful Pansy faces. What’s more, Pansies can often be successfully overwintered to rebloom again in the Spring!

Ornamental Cabbage & Kale – Red, purple, pink or white leaf coloration of these plants intensifies as the weather gets colder. Try smooth-leaved cabbage or frilly kale for months of color in beds, borders and containers.