The end of summer is near and our gardens are looking a little drab.
Question: What can we do to spice it up?
Answer: Visit Oceanview or your local Independent Garden Centre and get some or all of the following plants, which will provide you with lots of fall and winter interest.
In the perennial category you will find:
Sedum: This traditional fall perennial has both upright & ground cover varieties.
Fall Asters: This is one of Susan's favorites! It comes in so many colors and sizes- deep pinks, medium pink, blue, purple & white to name a few. These wonderful long blooming perennials are anywhere from 8 inches to 4 feet tall.
Helenium: It comes in all different shades of yellow, orange, and red. It is a tall, long blooming perennial.
Rudbeckia: Black Eyed Susan's are known by everyone.
Japanese Anemones: Absolutely gorgeous flowers in either pink or white, blooms right into October. What a Knock-Out!!
Chelone (TurtleHead): They like moist soil but stay controlled in garden situations.
Aconitum Fischerii ( Fall Monkshood): It has dark glossy foliage, deep blue purple flowers that last until frost.
Perennial Chrysanthemum: The flowers look similar to an Aster and blooms continuously for 6-8 weeks.
Heuchera: It is a huge bang for your buck. It stays semi evergreen through the winter, has fresh new growthin spring, summer and fall. In the Autumn many of them take on even more interesting coloring.
Ornamental Grasses: This is a topic by itself. Grasses come in so many heights, growth habits, colors, etc. They provide huge fall and winter interest with there golden plumes on top of strong erect stems.
Other perennials that are worth a mention and bloom late summer into fall are Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Coreopsis (many varieties), Echinacea (Coneflower), Salvia and Veronica.
If you want a climber that provides fall interest try Virginia Creeper, Boston Ivy, Schizophragma for great red leaf color. Or try the beautiful Clematis Paniculata (Firethorn). technically it is not a climber, It grows very tall and upright but does not cling or twine. It can also be pruned to look like a shrub. It has profuse bright orange berries that persist into the fall.
There are many shrubs that will spice up your garden in the fall also, check back in a couple days for a list of shrubs for fall interest.