A garden that is still blooming even when temperatures are dropping? Yes, please!
If the summer’s end gets you down, happiness to your fall by planting these plants in your garden that blossom in early autumn. They bloom in vibrant colors throughout the transition from summer to fall in September. The list is split into four regions, with native plants for each part.
Every plant has growing tips and the ideal moment to start planting. If you’ve got an herbaceous nature, you could start seeds, but for novices, you should choose seeds or bulbs to provide faster, more streamlined blooms. Seeds can be difficult to grow and more susceptible to changes in the weather and soil conditions.
If you reside in the Northeast, the plants listed above are native to the region and provide bursts of colour in the early autumn months.
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) or Bee Balms
“This clumping monarda produces really interesting, non-traditional flowers that bloom late summer until fall,” Karen Musgrave, New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional, the associate for marketing and e-commerce of Hicks Nurseries. The flowers in purple are attractive to pollinators, such as Hummingbirds, bees, or butterflies, Musgrave says. Wild Bergamot is best suited to places with sun and more dry soil than wet. It is deer- and drought-resistant, and grows from 3 to 4 feet tall and can be found each year. Start seeds of Wild Bergamot seeds in spring or summer to ensure an autumn bloom.
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
New England Aster provides colorful splashes of color with daisy-like purple or pinkish flowers that blossom in the latter part of summer and into early autumn. The perennials attract butterflies and thrive in full – to part-sun. Plant them in the early spring or later in summer for stunning blooms in the months of September and October.
Sweet Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia tomentosa)
“This classic summer-blooming plant is great for beginners because it is so easy to care for,” Musgrave states. “It produces golden yellow flowers from summer through fall.” The Sweet Black-Eyed Susan grows 3 to 6 feet tall, and requires well-drained soil, sunshine to moderate shade. Plant it in spring and it will bloom in your garden throughout the seasons and fall to be.
These are plants that are native to the Midwest, which bloom with vibrant colors in the early autumn and are able to endure the cold winters.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
There’s an accent of red to your autumn by using Cardinal Flower, says Anna Ohler, the director of Bright Lane Gardens Nursery in Michigan. The crimson flowers flower from the end of summer through the beginning of autumn. They thrive in a wide range of water and can be found on riverbeds, streambeds, and streambeds. In addition to the traditional red variety, There are cultivars that have pink and white flowers. Plant the flowers of cardinals in the fall or spring and ensure they are kept moist all year long.