Question: It’s Late Summer. Should I Just Figure Gardening Season Is Over?
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It seems like in late summer there’s not much left for color or late season interest in the garden. Should I just figure that late summer gardening is the last of my gardening fun until next spring?
No way, Cindy! Late summer gardening can still offer a lot of great colorful choices. There are many perennials and annuals that keep going strong, or come into peak production this time of year. For perennials, try coneflowers, alliums, coreopsis, Russian sage, asters, mums, phlox, coleus, bee balm, and the numerous varieties of sedums. There’s even autumn crocus that will send up spots of color into early fall.
Annuals can offer you a wonderful flash of color through the first frosts. Try nicotiana, straw flower, morning glories, marigolds, rose mallow, strawflower, zinnia, salvia, and verbena. And remember the tropical plants that act as annuals in many areas. Canna, elephant ears, celosia, Mexican sage are all wonderful options.
On both annuals and perennials, keep them dead-headed so they will continue to share new blossoms with you as long as possible.
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