If your nasturtiums are on their last gasp by mid-August, don’t yank them just yet. When cool weather and fall rains arrive, these plants have an amazing ability to rebound in the garden, producing an abundance of spicy flowers for your salads until first frost. If you never got around to planting any nasturtiums, tuck some seeds in any bare garden spots in late summer for fall blooms.
‘Autumn Joy’ is an apt name for this succulent-leafed perennial sedum. The flower heads look like clumps of broccoli until August, when the first blush of pink emerges. The flowers transition to deep red, and by first frost they take on a rusty hue.
Chrysanthemums or ‘Mums’ are a stalwart of the autumn garden. With varieties hardy in most climates and their ability to be pinched and forced to bloom at the end of the season, these jewel toned beauties make a welcome splash in the garden when most summer bloomers have begun to fade. Bloom times vary with variety and climate, from Early September through mid-October.
There are multiple flower forms, although many varieties are hard to find and need to be specially ordered. Mums come in every color but blue. Blooms last for weeks, even when cut. Here are some more commonly found varieties:
- Anemone: 1 or more rows of petals with a cushion-like center.
- Pompom: Familiar globular shape
- Regular Incurve: Petals curve up and in, forming a sphere
- Single or daisy: Looks like its cousin, the daisy
- Spider: Long, curled petals droop down and give a spider-like look
Bloom Period: Late Summer / Fall. Pinching the stems until about July 4th will give you more branching and bids, but the plants will bloom later in the season
Exposure: Although they can handle partial shade, you will get the fullest plants and the best blooms in full sun.
- Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’ - Rubellum Group (hybrid) Long-lasting, early season, single or semi-double pink flowers
- Chrysanthemum ‘Mary Stoker’ - Rubellum Group (hybrid) Early season, apricot yellow single flowerheads.
- Chrysanthemum ‘Apricot Moneymaker’ - Mid-season Anemone style with bronze petals
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