Late Season Perennial Considerations

The perennial palette is rich with fall colors beginning in August and they really begin showing up all over now!  With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well.

The Classic

Most everybody is familiar with ‘Goldstrum’ Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises.  You will see them all around town now.  Why?  Because they are hardy, dependable, easy to care for perennial plants that reliably bloom in August.  Right about the time we are beginning to sense a change in the seasons and in the mood for a little touch of fall.  Is it overused?  How can a mass of beautiful golden yellow daises be too much!?  Creek Side offers several varieties of Rudbeckia including the Perennial Plant Association new 2023 Perennial of the Year – Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’.

Other Options

Looking for an addition or alternative to Black-eyed Susans?  Hardy Asters are available in a variety of colors in the blue, pink and white shades and a variety of heights from 8-10” dwarf to 36” tall.  Tough, dependable late season color.

Another great late season bloomer to consider is Autumn Joy Sedum, with its tall pink flowers on a succulent plant.  Perfect late season color for the middle of the garden at 15-20” tall blooming with strong stems that require no staking.

Lesser know and great in a little shade are fall blooming Anemones.  Available in a variety of colors an under-used fall flower in the 12” height range.

Summer to fall blooming Allium or ornamental onions will tolerate sun and some shade with good drought tolerance.  Mostly pink to lavender shades of color

Coneflowers have been blooming like crazy for the last month and continue to offer a big splash of color, along with tall Garden Phlox all available in a variety of colors.  Consider Buddleia, the Butterfly Bush now in full color offering Midnight Buzz a 24” variety or the classic Black Knight a 48” variety in blue/ purple color.

Still Time to Plant

This is a good time to plant in the landscape because the temperatures will be cooling down and there will be less stress put upon the newly planted landscape plants, giving them a better chance to get settled in their new home.  And because the soil temperatures are warm, the roots will be stimulated to grow into the surrounding soil.  Which is exactly what we want to see so that plant will be well established before it gets cold.  All planting now will help us get a head start for next season.

Enjoy our Big Selection

Take a stroll through the Creek Side Perennial Pathway and Woodland Walkway in the nursery to find beautiful Grown Fresh perennials, shrubs and trees for your garden.  Have questions?  Just let our Green Team staff of gardening experts help you.