To Plant or Not To Plant

 

Being from the “country” (a whopping two-and-a-half hours from Boston), if there’s one thing I love, it’s a colorful garden filled with all kinds of blooms. So I did a little investigating into how to extend the lush plant life I love so much during the summer all the way through the fall. The quick answer? Pick the right plants.

Lucky for me, late August to early September is the perfect time to plant autumn-blooming varieties. I’m picturing reds, oranges, and yellows to mimic the fall foliage. If your area doesn’t have a lot of seasonal activity, it just makes your late-summer garden selections that much more important. Here’s what a recipe for success looks like:

Chrysanthemums: This hardy flower comes in a load of different hues and serves as the perfect fill-in for any garden lacking color (it is also pretty tough and can handle the first frost usually).

Flowering Cabbages: Not exactly the variety that makes a killer coleslaw, but much prettier. These plants thrive in the later months and boast purple, pink, and white colors that become more bold as the weather cools.

“Purple Dome” New England Aster: Bursting with a beautifully purple hue, this daisy-like flower is fast growing and can get as tall as five feet if you let it. Adding a little height variation to your gardenscape is always a good idea.

Heleniums: Often overlooked, this hardy perennial is the ideal garden addition. Colorful, easy to grow, and an extended blooming period? What’ s not to love?

Marigolds: Carnation-like in appearance, these annual flowers are popular for their aromatic perfume and variety of colors. Though less hardy than some (these babies won’t stand the cold weather), this short-term addition is well worth it.

Now get to the nursery and pick your faves – the time to plant is now.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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August 23, 2012