As summer dwindles to an end, it is nice to have blooming perennials that still look vibrant. This year, try planting some late blooming summer perennials. They will brighten up your garden and your day.
Anemone have pink poppy like blooms and bloom from late summer to fall. The lovely green foliage provides a nice backdrop for any garden. Plant anemones in rich, moist soil in full sun to part shade. These flowers will add charm to any garden. According to garden.lovetoknow.com, these are “hardy in zones 4 to 8.”
Helianthus Lemon Queen Sunflower
This big plant has beautiful lemon daisy-like flowers. They are good for the back of planters and also attract butterflies. These will bloom from summer into fall. According to whiteflowerfarm.com, these plants are “self-sufficient” and do not need a lot of care. Plant them in a sunny spot and enjoy the flowers year after year.
Purple Coneflower or Echinacea purpurea have bright purple blooms with a reddish-coned center. According to aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu, Purple Coneflower are drought tolerant and will stand out in your garden bed. These are nice long stems and look great in flower arrangements too. They grow in 2-3 feet and do best in “full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained soils.”
These big blooms will be the stars of your late summer garden. The delicate petals add a burst of color too. These flowers look very nice when cut or as a hair accessory. There are two types of hibiscus: hardy and tropical. As indicated by gardenguides.com, tropical need to be kept in temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees F. For most people, the hardy hibiscus is a better choice. These do okay even as far north as Washington, D.C. Although they “die” in the winter, they look lovely in the summer.
New England Aster
These are taller, wider plants with nice purple flowers. They would look good in the back of your garden. Plant them in full sun or part shade. These plants attract butterflies. Glorious-butterfly.com recommends cutting this plant back to the ground in late fall or early spring. The stems can also be pinched back to keep this plant from growing too big.
Plants tend to dry out in the summer. Make sure to remove dried out blooms to give your garden a fresh look. Adding mulch to your garden can help the soil retain moisture. According to Late Summer Perennial Gardening Tips, a 2-3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient. You may have to add more when the mulch diminishes. Of course, in the summer, watering is essential. Most “plants need about one inch of water” every five to seven days. This is not always satisfied by sprinklers so make sure your plants are getting adequate watered by using a hose or watering can.
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