BEST 10 COLORFUL PLANTS FOR THE FALL GARDEN

The fall garden can sometimes have a rather drab and dull look after the strong colors of the summer flowers have faded. For some people this season of falling leaves and bare stems means it’s time to leave the garden alone until the following year. To do so would be a mistake since there are several plants that can bloom at this season and provide color until the first frosts. I found an article by Annette Ipsan on the Master Gardeners website which describes ten plants which will make a great splash of color for this period.

Fall is often the garden’s forgotten season. We spend so much time creating beauty from spring’s first flowers to June’s abundance that we forget how rewarding fall can be. The good news is that there are some wonderful plants that put on their best show between August and October.
golden-rod
First, go for the gold – or, rather goldenrod. All perennial Solidago varieties (not to be confused with sneeze-inducing ragweed) sport rays of yellow blooms until the first frost. Try the common knee-high cultivars or the spectacular 4-foot “Fireworks.”
verbena
Brazilian verbena just keeps going and going, blooming right up to frost from its June beginnings. Purple clusters of tiny flowers dance in the slightest breeze atop 3-foot stems. I never cut this reliable perennial back because it looks lovely when capped with snow.

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