Summer may be in full swing, but now is an excellent time to start planning your autumn garden. If you are not careful, once the summer bedding plants die off, your garden will be devoid of colour. The best way to solve this problem is to add a few autumn flowering perennials to the mix.
Sedum is a ground-cover perennial. Sedum produces large succulent flowers that come in a range of colours, from pale green to purple. It is a semi-evergreen plant, but as the weather grows colder, the plants die back, leaving copper coloured stems. Even when winter arrives, they still look good. There are hundreds of different varieties, so ask us for advice on the right one for your garden.
Echinacea is a tall perennial with large flower heads on branched stems. You might have heard of this one by its other name: coneflower. It is a sturdy plant that looks good in the border. It will flower all through the summer and well into autumn. Plant these now for lots of autumn colour.
Rudbeckia is one of the more popular coneflowers. It produces bright yellow daisy-like flowers from mid-summer into autumn. It will reappear every year and give your garden borders a nice zing of yellow-gold.
Phlox has wonderfully long-lasting flowers and will brighten up your garden through the Autumn months. Phlox is the staple of many gardens. It makes great cuttings – lop off a few long stems topped with vibrant flowers for your kitchen window sill. If you cut Phlox right back in May, it will bloom well into September.
Crocosmia is a favourite border plant. It’s very easy to grow and has a long flowering season. There are several varieties of Crocosmia: Crocosmia Lucifer is one of the tallest at 1m, but others are not quite so tall and will look great when planted in the middle of a border. Crocosmia is very reliable. It dies down over winter, but will come back to life in the spring and brighten up your garden with beautiful red/orange flowers.
Dahlias are the show ponies of the plant world. Often grown competitively, dahlias come in multiple colours and flower types. They look beautiful and are very easy to grow and care for. You can plant dahlias in the borders or in containers and they will continue to flower until the first frosts arrive, so if we have a lovely Indian summer, your dahlias could be in bloom well into early October.
Asters are a reliable source of colour into Autumn. They are very happy in a sheltered corner of the garden and produce sprays of pretty purple daisy-like flowers. Tie them up with stakes as winter comes, or they will flop down.
Also known as an autumn crocus, Colchicum produces lovely goblet-like flowers. These typically appear in August but keep going through October. They will grow virtually anywhere.
There are plenty more autumn flowering perennials we can recommend, so ask us for advice!