Late-Season Color

Find out how easy it is to have late-season color and blossoms in the garden all the way until frost. Check out these great perennials that will create fall fireworks.

My name is James Baggett, and I'm the editor of Perennials magazine. Today, we wanna talk about creating late-season color and blossom in your garden all the way through `til frost. Today, we're gonna discuss 3 great perennials that will create fall fireworks in your garden. There are lots of great things about fall. Weeds start to grow more slowly, and sedums come in to their full glory. Showy sedums require almost no care at all. Their thick, succulent leaves can withstand drought and rainy weather. The flower heads start out looking a lot like heads of broccoli, and then they open in shades of pink and mauve. They turn copper tones as they dry and remain attractive all winter long, but best of all, butterflies can't resist them. Asters lie in wait all summer, and while other flowers fade as the day shortened, these cheerful beauties explode with color. Asters are wonderful minglers, setting up other perennials, and adding sparkle to your beds in shades of blue, purple and pink. You do have to divide them every couple of years and be sure to pinch them back by that half way in the late spring. That'll make the plant sturdier and have more blossoms. I've saved my favorite fall perennial for last, goldenrod. One of the last big flower shows of the year has come from this North American native. The Latin name for goldenrod is Solidago. It means to make whole, for its medicinal properties. These North American natives are gaining respect in the home garden as people learn that it's not the cause of hay fever. Best of all, of all the flower perennials we've talking about today, they all make great cut flowers. There's no reason not to cut them, make an arrangement, and bring them in the house, so you can enjoy them up close and personal. This is James Baggett, editor of Perennials magazine.