Spring is the time when garden catalogues arrive in the mail and nurseries fill their shelves with blooming plants. This is also the time when people jump on the bandwagon and plant their gardens, including their perennial flower beds.
But waiting and planting in fall is a better way to go for several reasons. The weather is cooler in fall, which reduces stress on the top parts of the plants. In fall, the soil temperatures stay warm which allows the roots to grow and develop. When a plant has a healthy root system in place, once spring does arrive, fall planted perennials will perform better than those planted in the spring.
What are Some of the Best Perennials to Plant this Fall?
- Hot Lips Salvia has delicate red and white blooms that create a stunning show throughout the summer. The plant has red and white bi-colored flowers and thrives in full sunlight.
- Echinacea, which is commonly known as coneflower, is an extremely tough and hardy perennial and is the backdrop of many flower beds. Coneflowers used to only come in their native color of purple. Now, coneflowers are available in a rainbow of colors including, yellow, red, orange, white, green and purple.
- Hostas are great for shady areas and once established require very little maintenance. Hostas come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures.
- Helianthus is also known as a perennial sunflower. Some Helianthus may grow up to 8 feet high with a width of 6 feet. They thrive best in full sun.
- Hemerocallis are perennials that most people know by the name of daylilies. Flowers come in yellows, golds, reds, oranges, purples and white. These plants thrive in full sun or partial shade. Removing the spent flowers will improve the plant’s overall appearance and also promote flowering in reblooming varieties.
Talk to your local landscaper on these and other plants that are perfect for planting this fall to make your yard beautiful all year round.
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Peachree City, GA