Summer doesn’t have to be the only time the garden is in bloom. Adding some late blooming perennials and annuals to the garden keeps things colorful through fall. Lovely flowers may be all the home exterior needs to look fresh when leaves are falling from the trees. Incorporating fall blooming plants into the garden is an inexpensive way to make the exterior more attractive.
You will need:
• Joepye Weed
• Blanket Flower
• Double Zahara Cherry Zinnia
• Mexican Sunflower
• Autumn Crocus
Step 1: Joepye Weed begins blooming in mid-summer and blooms appear until the first frost. This plant features a sweet scent and attracts beautiful butterflies to the garden. It does well in partial shade to full sun within hardiness zones 3 to 10 and grows about 5 or 6 feet tall.
Step 2: Yellow, orange, and red, are colors of fall and Blanket Flowers boast fringed blossoms in one of these hues, depending on cultivar. This plant loves sun and blooms from mid to late summer into early fall in hardiness zones 3 to 10. Like Joepye Weed, the blossoms attract butterflies.
Step 3: Zinnias are known for constant summer blooming but they are also early fall bloomers. Butterflies enjoy nectar from the blooms that last until the first frost. Select the Double Zahara Cherry version to receive double blooms and have few worries about leaf spots or mildew.
Step 4: If you cannot get enough butterflies in the garden and also want to catch a glimpse of some hummingbirds, plant Mexican Sunflowers. When warm temperatures continue through fall, as they are in many areas of the country this year, this plant adds a burst of late-season color in red or orange. Plant these in full sun within a dry, hot location.
Step 5: Autumn Crocus plants add light purple to lavender-pink hues to the early fall garden. Blossoms appear in clusters of one to four and reach 4 to 8 inches high. Plant these bulbs in full sun in hardiness zones 4 to 9 and enjoy the beauty.