Fall blooms - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
Question by elite_7
July 6, 2010
What plants/bulbs do I plant in the month of July for a fall bloom?


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Answer from NGA
July 6, 2010

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There are lots and lots! Here are a few of my favorite fall bloomers:
Toad Lily - One of the most interesting fall blooming plants is the toad lily. This plant produces clusters of unique, orchid-like flowers covered with purple speckles. It blooms from late September until frost and thrives in partial shade and moist soil.

Perennial Garden Mums - There are literally hundreds of varieties of mums with flower colors that range from white to yellow, pink, purple, bronze, red and all the hues inbetween. There are several flower-types as well: some have single daisy like blooms with a central eye while others have decorative, double flowers. Others produce pom pom or quilled flowers. Some garden mums are know to bloom early in the Fall while others bloom mid-or late season. By planting several varieties it's easy to extend the bloom season all the way through early winter. Garden mums require a minimum amount of care and do well even under adverse conditions.

Pincushion Flower - (Scabiosa) might just be the longest blooming perennial in existence; sometimes blooming year around in southern gardens. But a long bloom season isn't the only attribute; the pretty blue or pink flowers of up to 3" across resemble a seamstresses pin cushion.

Nippon Daisy - Chrysanthemum nipponicum, which is covered with yellow- centered flowers with white petals ia a fall blooming Shasta-type daisy.

Anemone (Wind Flowers) - The Japanese anemone produce pink or white daisly-like flowers that rise above attractive mounds of foliage of tall, wiry stems.

Asters - There are many varieties of fall blooming asters that are useful to provide outstanding color in the garden. 'Woods Pink' and 'Woods Purple' produce a profusion of iridescent purple or pink flowers in Fall while the Japanese Aster (Kalimeris) produce dainty, double white or blue daisy-like flowers.

Goldenrod - Cultivars of wild goldenrod are extremely hardy and do well in partial shade and dry soil. In the fall, they're covered with golden-yellow flowers. After frost, the flowers turn fluffy white and later golden brown. They can be picked for dried arrangements.

Joe Pye Weed - This outstanding, large-growing perennial (4-6 feet high) produces an abundance of enormous, dusky purple flowers that butterflies just can't resist! The flowers start out dusky purple and go through many color changes, staying attractive all winter long. Joe Pye Weed likes moist soil but will do fine in drier gardens.

Autumn Joy Sedum - This particular variety of sedum produces an abundance of cauliflower-like pink flower heads that fade to red atop succulent blue-green foliage. The stems of Autumn Joy turn tawny and the seedheads a blackish-brown after frost has occurred. Don't cut them back and they'll provide wnter interest in the garden.

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