Fall Flower Gardening Tips

Get your fall flowers growing better with these fall gardening tips.
Margaret A. Haapoja
September/October 2009
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Here are additional tips to get the most out of your fall flower plants:
● Deadhead all flowers religiously to prolong bloom time.
● Use long-blooming annuals like geraniums, petunias, marigolds or daturas.
● Grow ornamental kale as a fall replacement for worn-out summer plants.
● Choose perennials that reach their zenith in late summer and early fall like ligularias, snakeroot, anise hyssop, purple coneflower and rudbekias.
● Grow long-blooming perennials like Shasta daisy, coreopsis and perennial sage that keep blooming into the fall.
● Cut back perennials like asters, boltonia and Joe-Pye weed after their first round of summer flowers.
● Plant flowers like Sedum spectabile, monkshood and goldenrod that start in late summer and keep going into autumn.
● Mix colorful foliage plants like coleus and Rex begonias into your plantings.
● Wait until midsummer to sow or transplant annual flowers like California poppies, cosmos and cleome so they’ll peak in early fall.
● Don’t overlook grasses, vines and seedheads for added interest.
● Be patient with tropicals that take time to mature in late summer and early fall.
● Choose trees and shrubs, not only for their flowers and fruit, but for fall foliage color.

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