With a crisp chill in the air, the bite of fall doesn’t have to mean an end to floral displays in your landscape. Choose perennials that will beautify your yard during the waning months of the year. Check out these choices for simple and easy-to-care-for perennials that will look great in your fall garden.
Autumn Joy Sedum
Sedum comes in many varieties and most bloom throughout the summer, offering great color and texture to your garden. My personal favorite in regards to sedum is the Autumn Joy variety because the shade of the blooms is especially pleasant and the timing is perfect for fall color. Typically, Autumn Joy will bloom in late summer and early fall and will provide color for an extended period of time.
One of my favorite things about sedum is the ease of care and growth. I have had sedum plants that I discarded flourish without being planted, watered or cared for. Upon discovering them, I have planted in the ground and they have done beautifully. Sedum is easy to divide and transplant in that the succulent leaves, stems and heads can simply be stuck into the ground and they will grow without issue. This plant will also spread and will fill in bare spots nicely. Sedums love full sun and can grow to a height of 2-3 feet depending upon variety.
Fall asters will often be found on display with the hardy fall mums during the selling season. During the summer, aster plants will begin to produce flowers and will continue until the hard frosts of fall. Asters can be planted from seed or from seedlings or divisions in the spring. Divide aster clumps every two to three years.
Asters make great cut flowers and are also good choices for container planting. You do not need to deadhead asters to improve growth but removing spent blooms will certainly make the plants look neater and prettier.
Who can overlook the queen of the fall plants — the hardy mum? Mums are a favorite among many because of their vibrant fall colors and beauty and their easy growth and maintenance.
Most fall mums will show up at local nurseries and retailers in late summer, around July or August. Buy early and plant if you want your mums to return year after year. Mums need enough time in the ground to take root and become established before fall frosts.
Mums can be treated as annual plants if you prefer to use them as temporary container plants. If this is your preference, simply throw the dead plants onto the compost pile when frost kills them. I prefer to put mine into the ground so they will spread and return year after year but for quick, spot color in the fall, mums are perfect.