6 unpretentious perennials that adorn my flower beds in September
The arrival of autumn does not mean that bright colorful plants in the garden should disappear along with hot days. By carefully choosing perennials for flower beds, you can keep the presence of fresh flowers in your area almost until the start of winter. If you want to refresh the flower beds by the beginning of autumn, then these plants will surely arouse your interest. Some of them are already familiar to flower growers, and some are among the new products that are gaining popularity - in any case, the presence of such perennials in the garden guarantees your flower gardens splendor and brightness of colors.
1. Japanese anemone
Most often, anemones, or anemones, are associated with spring primroses, however japanese anemone - This is a plant of late summer or early fall. Japanese anemone distinguish large flowers, consisting of five petals of pink and raspberry colors. They surround the center of the flower with many bright yellow stamens. Depending on the variety, inflorescences can be simple or semi-double.
Flowering lasts several weeks, and, as a rule, its peak falls on September. A pale pink haze of petals anemone dilutes the crimson colors of autumn and adds a romantic mood to the garden. Even after the petals of the anemones fall off, the yellowish heads on the tall stems still look attractive and continue to adorn the autumn garden.
In the summer, Japanese anemone will not in vain take a place in the flower beds, but will adequately adorn it with its carved, exquisite foliage. Moreover, the anemones of the anemone outside flowering are low and hold their shape well.
During the flowering period, the height of the plant can reach from 60 to 90 centimeters and some varieties may require a garter. However, in the natural style flower gardens, anemone is often left in its natural form, and its peduncles elegantly bend over the ground.
This charming perennial prefers moist soils (without stagnation of water), so flowers will grow in most gardens with regular watering. When planting in the soil, it is better to make compost to increase the moisture capacity, and then mulch the bushes annually in spring and autumn.
Under suitable conditions, the Japanese anemone grows well and forms curtains, which makes it look especially impressive. Delicate inflorescences attract butterflies to the garden.
2. Astra New Belgian
Recall that the annual plant, which we used to call aster, is actually called callistefus. But the “real” asters are usually perennials. There are dozens of varieties of asters, but the most popular worldwide New Belgian asters, which are often called by the people "Septemberinki".
The popular name fully reflects the flowering time of these asters, because they really begin to open since September, but continue to bloom until late autumn.
New-Belgian modern asters come in almost all the colors of the rainbow. Among them you can find pure white (White Ladies) and maroon (Krimson Brokad) But most varieties still represent a purple-violet color scheme.
In height, these asters also have a fairly wide spread. From dwarf varieties (up to 30 centimeters), for example, “Taini Toy” or Alice Haslam. They will make a wonderful border that will retain its shape throughout the season, and at the end of summer it will be covered with flowers.
Decorating the local area with containers with blooming dwarf asters is in fashion. In autumn, the compositions are often supplemented with pumpkins of a new crop and a cache-pot with dwarf chrysanthemums, which looks elegant and stylish.
For the middle plan of the flower garden, medium-sized asters up to 40 centimeters high, such as Herbstgass Von, which is characterized by pale pink flowers. The highest varieties can reach 180 centimeters and, in addition to the main function - the background of the flower garden, they can also be used as hedges or for decoration of outbuildings.
Towards evening and on cloudy days, New Belgian aster baskets close and fall, but as soon as the sun warms up, they again color the garden, and their flowering continues for weeks.
New Belgian Astra is one of the most unpretentious perennials and a plant of "small care". It grows well on drained, moderately moist soils, in full sun or in light partial shade. In order to avoid fungal diseases of foliage, such as powdery mildew, for example, it is important to ensure good air circulation and not to thicken the curtains with asters.
After planting, you can separate the bushes every two or three years to decorate the other corners of your garden with cheerful “septembers”.
Read more about other types of asters in the autumn flowering period in the article American asters in garden design - types and varieties, care.
3. The accountant is prominent
Accusers are not only multi-colored rugs, firmly established in rock gardens. Prominent accountant - indeed, visible from afar. This perennial has elastic erect stems and grows 20-50 centimeters high.
A prominent case is decorated with a flower garden from spring to late autumn. In April-May, young leaves emerge from the earth, looking like charming cabbage cabbage. After that, the stems rise upwards and large fleshy leaves develop on them, having, depending on the variety, a diverse color (gray, white-fringed, pinkish, burgundy and even almost black).
The cadet has a very long budding phase, but even during this period - almost throughout the summer - it looks spectacular. The external attractiveness of the grape garden is caused not only by the multicolor expressive foliage, but also by the fact that the dense curtains of the graveyard hold their shape well and differ in the beautiful structure of the bush.
Some varieties begin to bloom in late July-early August, but for the most part this variety is a flowering plant in autumn and the main decoration of the flower garden in September. During this period, the grapevine guards light up, revealing numerous small flower stars, and it looks amazing against the background of dull fleshy leaves.
Although the most common color of the cadence is pinkish, not all of them are pink. Numerous varieties have both raspberry and coral shades of petals, some blooming with white flowers (most often those that have white marks on leaf blades, Frosty Morne.
Individual cultivars are distinguished by original fawn yellow inflorescences ("Yellow Xenox") Varied autumn cadets and in height. For example, grade Kicks with pink foliage does not grow above 20 centimeters, and the famous Grain Matron can reach a height of 45 cm.
Like other herbaceous perennials, the stonecrop prominent in winter disappears underground. In the autumn pruning of stems there is no need, and faded inflorescences can be left to birds for feeding in late autumn.
Accuser is extremely unpretentious and drought tolerant, the key to success in its cultivation is a sunny place, and watering only during a drought. In partial shade, the bushes can fall apart and, with excessive moisture, rot or be affected by fungal diseases.
Highlander Nowadays, it is gaining a lot of fans among plant lovers who prefer to create flower beds in a natural style. It is distinguished by reliability, attractive color of inflorescences and a long flowering period - from August to October.
Bright spikelets of the mountaineer have a carmine-red hue, which is not so common among perennial plants. Erect inflorescences are especially spectacular against the background of wide leaves, which become golden from autumn by green.
An additional bonus of the plant is resistance to lodging. Despite the fact that the height of the highlander is 100-120 centimeters, with a bush width of about 70 centimeters. It has a powerful root, but it does not turn into a malicious weed, due to slow growth, and grows in a neat curtain. However, over time, it can suppress weaker plants growing in close proximity.
Best partners: cereals and large perennials that can make a worthy duet with him without clogging each other (Miscanthus, New Belgian aster, millet).
The mountaineer beetle prefers humus-rich, moisture-resistant soil, but can cope with a slight drought and grow on low-fertile soils. This type of mountaineer hails from temperate regions, therefore it has good winter hardiness (zone 4). Grows in full sun or in light partial shade.
5. Rudbeckia triloba
This delicious yellow rudbeckia has fewer flowers than most other rudbeckia, but this plant is incredibly spectacular. Rudbeckia triloba is characterized by a high stable stem and airy inflorescences, consisting of many bright yellow daisies with an expressive black center.
The most popular variety of this type of rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’ has an even more attractive appearance. Expressive dark red stems are noteworthy for this cultivar, but flowers that have a yellowish-orange color at the beginning of dissolution deserve special attention, and in the future, as they dissolve, rusty shades intensify. At the same time, lowering the temperature also makes the baskets brighter. Thus, inflorescences painted with different intensities can be observed on the plant, which creates a very picturesque effect.
The flowering of the rudbeckia triloba is short-lived, however, it is always desirable in the autumn mixborder and perfectly combines with tall herbs (millet, miscanthus, molinia, reedweed).
Plant height from 80 centimeters to 1.5 meters. For the greatest effect, it is better to plant several specimens in the curtain, in view of the fact that its bushes are not too branched and grow little in width.
Rudbeckia is undemanding to growing conditions, but most of all it will like moisture-resistant, not too dry soil and sunny places. The plant does not require any additional dressing and special care, treatment from pests and diseases. Therefore, rudbeckia triloba can be safely called another flower "for the lazy."
Since rudbeckia does not repeat flowering, there is no need to cut off faded inflorescences. Rounded seed heads are best left in the flower garden so that they give the mixborder additional structural expressiveness.
The original representative of the plantain family. Sometimes you can find this plant called the “pink tortoise”, the nickname Chelone acquired due to the fact that its two-lipped, light-raspberry flowers with a hood have some similarities with the head of a turtle.
Depending on the variety, inflorescences can have pink, pink-purple and bright white color. Flowering begins from mid-late August and continues until late autumn. During the summer, chelone adorns the flower garden with persistent ribbed stems, decorated with dark green wide spear-shaped leaves sitting in pairs.
Helone is quite attractive throughout the growing season. This perennial can be called a star of shadow flower beds, because with high unpretentiousness it gives the most decorative effect. And besides, it begins to bloom when many other ornamental plants have already faded.
Helone prefers moist, humus-rich soils. It grows best in partial shade, but with regular watering tolerates landing in full sun. In spring, it is recommended to pinch the tops of the stems to reduce the height of adult plants and get more compact bushes. Because sometimes when the shading is too strong, the plants stretch out and they may need support.
The rhizome chelone spreads slowly, forming wide bushes. At the same time, the root does not spread too much, without causing problems to neighboring stands. Under optimal conditions, perennials can give self-seeding.