Fall Fiestas of Color
There’s no need to miss your summer garden’s splendor. Long-season bloomers produce well into fall, and favorite fall-blooming perennials burst forth with color every year at this time. Here are a few ideas for your fall garden from Monrovia.
‘Heatwave’ Hyssop: Eye-catching spikes of lavender-pink blooms contrast handsomely with blue-green foliage in this perennial bloomer that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun and water regularly when the top 3 inches of soil are dry. It works well in a cottage, Mediterranean or rustic setting as a border plant or in mass plantings.
‘Summer Love’ Hyssop: This waterwise perennial has dense clusters of large red-purple flowers and a licorice scent that brings butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Plant en masse in a spot that gets full sun.
‘Purple Dome’ New England Aster (pictured): Perfect for poolside planting or as an easy-care addition to shrub and perennial borders, this aster is big and bushy, with mounds of purple blooms. Requiring partial to full sun and regular watering, this perennial also works well as a container plant.
‘Woods Pink’ and ‘Woods Blue’ New York Aster: These dwarf perennials are excellent for borders and small gardens. Dense, mounding plants have attractive, fine-textured foliage in either bluish purple or pretty pink. Plant in partial to full sun and provide regular watering.
Farmington Michaelmas Daisy: Double lilac blooms make this a popular choice. For long-lasting color, plant en masse in perennial borders that get full sun and water once a week.
‘Mammoth® ‘Lavender,’ ‘Red Daisy’ or ‘Yellow Quill’ chrysanthemums: With show-stopping color in vibrant lavender-pink, deep red or rich yellow, these mums are superb for borders, edging, mass plantings and patio containers. They need regular watering and full sun.