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Color Your Fall Garden With Perennials

Aster Celeste

Give your garden a much-needed boost of bold color this fall with gorgeous perennials. By this time, most spring- and early-summer bloomers have already faded. With a little careful planning, even a beginning gardener can have a garden in full bloom right up until frost.

Late-Blooming Perennials Add Color

Coreopsis Moonbeam

Add late-blooming perennials, such as New England aster, sedum, Russian sage and hyssop, to your garden now to help carry the color show forward. Other great fall favorites include: black-eyed Susan, daylily, butterfly bush, tickseed, phlox and vervain.

Ornamental Grasses Add Structure

Agastache Hyssops - Blue Fortune

Ornamental grasses are also ideal candidates for late-season planting. These airy beauties are at their best at this time of year as they send up spectacular flower spikes that you can leave in place all winter. Grasses add structure, too. Some great grasses to look for include: switch grass, fountain grass, muhly grass and maiden grass.

Perennial Groundcovers Solve Problems

Buddleia Royal Red

If you want to perk up a hard-to-plant location, consider adding groundcovers, such as hens and chicks, creeping sedum, ivy or mondo grass. These low-growing charmers are easy to grow, and, over time, they’ll spread and beautify barren areas of your yard. For quick-coverage results, plant ground covers 6 to 10 inches apart.

Plan Your Perennials for Your Location

Of course, before you buy any plant, you should always read the plant label first. If your garden is sunny, look for plants listed for that environment. Sun lovers require a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sun a day.

Water, Mulch, Enjoy

Once your perennials are in the ground, water them every few days, especially if the weather is hot and dry. Spread a thick mulch of shredded bark around the base of your new plantings to help keep them hydrated while they get adjusted to their new home. Otherwise, all you need to do is plant, water and enjoy your beautiful perennials.

Information provided by Costa Farms.

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