Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Best Hardy Perennials For Vibrant Fall Gardens

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Best Hardy Perennials For Vibrant Fall Gardens

The ease of temperatures, signaling autumn is on its way is the perfect time to add blooming fall perennials to your garden.  Although gardeners may grow perennials from planted seeds beginning in spring as soon as the danger of frost has past, most fall perennials need a good year of growth before they will grace your garden with their showy fall colors.

Benjamin D. Esham Photography, Blooming Fall Perennials, Mums, Fall Flowers
Photo Credit:  Benjamin D. Esham
Choices available for adding bold color to your fall garden are plentiful, with colors ranging from white, yellow, gold, orange, rust, red, as well as yellow, pink, and purple.  Although some hues are demure, most are quite vivid, inviting you to experiment with color combinations in selecting which plants gather in mixed flower beds.

Yellow Perennials, Fall Perennials, Blooming Fall Plants, Hardy Perennials

Gardening Tip
Don't be fooled by the milder fall temperatures.  Just as you attend to the light and soil preferences for your spring and summer blooming plants, your hardy fall perennials will fair best by matching their needs to beds that will accommodate them for planting. 

Before selecting perennials to add to your fall garden, create a bed chart before cutting back your summer plants, identifying areas that are already home to earlier blooming residents.  Ensure that your new plants will not crowd existing residents and will have room to establish healthy root systems for best results.

Fall Flowering Plants, Fall Perennials, Hardy Perennials
Gardening Tip
After a long growing season with spring and summer plants taking nutrients from the soil of your garden beds, fall is an excellent time to provide a boost with natural and organic matter for soil improvement.

Hardy Fall Perennials, Hardy Fall Flowering Plants, Purple Fall Flowers

Just as you select blooming plants of varying heights for your spring and summer garden, add the same visual interest to your fall garden.  Choose a variety of plants, considering height, color, shape and texture for your fall flower beds.  The effect will be stunning!

After planting your blooming fall plants, take care replenish your beds with natural mulch to protect both the plants that are preparing for winter dormancy, as well as your new residents.  While I prefer wood bark, other natural mulch choices include straw, hay, hardwood bark and fallen leaves.  Recycled mulch products are yet another option available to the gardener.

Favorite Hardy Fall Perennials 
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
Sedum (Stonecrop)
Rudbeckia (Coneflower)
Physostegia (False Dragonshead)
Coreposis (Tickseed)
Chrysanthemum (Painted Daisy)
Achillea (Yarrow)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)

Blooming Fall Plants, Hardy Fall Flowers, Orange Fall Flowers

Which blooming fall plants are your favorite?
Which colors do you like to use in your fall gardens?
Which mulch is your preference?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Closer to Lucy said...

I don't enjoy much about fall...it means that the winter nasty is right around the corner. Though I do like the flowers of the season. I adore the yellow and orange flair of the Peruvian lily

Crystal Threeprncs said...

How pretty! I just started working on my garden again Saturday just for it to get all washed out in this storm yesterday and today. Looks like I have a lot of work to do tomorrow :(

clenna said...

I love your comments about the fall flowers. I love flowers and never know which I should plant. I love asters and cornflowers.

clenna at aol dot com

Minta's Creations said...

I love your pictures of your flowers they are beautiful.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...

How pretty! My favorites are daisies. :)

Jai M. said...

Amateur gardeners like me really do find these post useful. TY :)

Heather Smith said...

I love the daisies too! Thanks for such great info!

Sassy Shopper Reviews said...

These are beautiful! I really enjoyed this post.

Grace Hodgin said...

I'm looking forward to planting some more flowers. These are all beautiful.

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