Fall Flower Gardening Tips

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Jerry Pavia
The colorful Sedum 'Autumn Joy.'
Fall Flowers Brighten Autumn Landscapes

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.