10 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are a must-have for the fall garden. No other late-season flower delivers as much color, for as long and as reliably as good ol' mums.

Beautiful chrysanthemum flowers, available in several colors, bring new life to a garden in the fall. Some varieties have daisy blooms; others may be rounded globes, flat, fringed, quill shape, or spoon shape. They work exceptionally well in container plantings and pots.

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'Delano' chrysanthemum
'Delano' chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum 'Delano' is a popular red decorative mum, often grown as a container plant.

'Hillside Pink Sheffield' chrysanthemum
'Hillside Pink Sheffield' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Pink Sheffield' offers salmon-pink daisies in September and October.
'Jasper' chrysanthemum
'Jasper' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Jasper' is an anemone-type mum with red ray florets and a yellowish cushion overlaid with red. Flowers are 2-1/2 inches in diameter.
'Marilyn' chrysanthemum
'Marilyn' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Marilyn' offers abundant white double flowers from September to frost. In cool conditions it takes on a reddish cast.
'Peach Centerpiece' chrysanthemum
'Peach Centerpiece' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Peach Centerpiece' is a tall, upright form mum with 2- to 4-inch-wide, quill-shape peach-color blooms in midautumn.
'Sunny Robin' chrysanthemum
'Sunny Robin' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Sunny Robin' has small, button flowers in brilliant yellow.
'Zesty Jean' chrysanthemum
'Zesty Jean' chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum 'Zesty Jean' has an unusual pastel peachy-coral color. It is an early-blooming mum that retains its color well.

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Sedum
Sedums are nearly the perfect plants. They look good from the moment they emerge from the soil in spring and continue to look fresh and fabulous all growing season long. Many are attractive even in winter when their foliage dies and is left standing. They're also drought-tolerant and need very little if any care. They're favorites of butterflies and useful bees. The tall types are outstanding for cutting and drying. Does it get better than that? Only in the fact that there are many different types of this wonderful plant, from tall types that will top 2 feet to low-growing groundcovers that form mats. All thrive in full sun with good drainage. Ground cover types do a good job of suppressing weeds, but seldom tolerate foot traffic. Some of the smaller ones are best grown in pots or treated as houseplants.
Aster
Asters get their name from the Latin word for "star," and their flowers are indeed the superstars of the fall garden. Some types of this native plant can reach up to 6 feet with flowers in white and pinks but also, perhaps most strikingly, in rich purples and showy lavenders.Not all asters are fall bloomers. Extend the season by growing some of the summer bloomers, as well. Some are naturally compact; tall types that grow more than 2 feet tall benefit from staking or an early-season pinching or cutting back by about one-third in July or so to keep the plant more compact.
Miscanthus
Miscanthus is one of the most prized of ornamental grasses, and one particular cultivar, 'Morning Light', sums up much of its appeal: This grass is stunning when backlit by the sun, either rising or setting.Statuesque miscanthus makes dense clumps of arching grassy foliage in an assortment of widths, decoration, and fineness, according to variety. Erect, dramatic plumes of flower spikelets rise among the leaves or well above them and last beautifully through the winter. Site miscanthus with good drainage and plenty of space in sun or light shade.

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