Summer is winding down and fall begins, unofficially, after Labor Day. Perhaps you’ve returned from a summer of travelling or have just seen the kids back to school. You may find yourself spending a little more time at home, looking for a creative outlet. As you prepare for cooler weather, don’t put away the gardening gloves and trowels just yet! Whether you transplant older annuals or start with seedlings, now is the time to plan for the next designs. Learn more about which are the best flowers to plant in late summer and fall.
Restorative Effects all Year Long
Why continue gardening after you’ve said good-bye to summer? Psychology Today cites relaxation and living in the present among the mental health benefits of gardening. It’s different from summer; there’s that vibrant splash of color that coincides with sweater season and everything pumpkins. If planting for next spring, there’s also the anticipation and lovely surprises when the weather breaks. Overall, it’s rewarding to put down the phone and reconnect with life, and take pride in nurturing flowers to life.
Mix up the Best Flowers to Plant in Late Summer and Fall
Color is often the first characteristic that people determine for their gardening plots. Yet consider other elements such as size and shape. The best flowers to plant in late summer and fall, as with any theme, create a striking visual effect. Picture monochrome or ombre blooms in varying heights and textures, or planting similar statures in contrasting shades. If you’re concerned about ways to combat cabin fever, these gardening projects help keep productivity and creativity flowing!
Liven up Your Yard with These Lovely Flowers
Make sure that the flowers are compatible with your region’s soil and climate. Consult the Ohio Hardiness Zones Map for specific cities within our state. Zones may fluctuate based upon winter temperature averages, so it is important that you check the current annual update. Also note the distinctions of either an “A” or “B,” which indicates an approximate 5° F difference between certain sections. Once you know which flowers should grow well, visit nurseries or check sites for what’s best for the planting seasons. Ohioans may want to reference lists such as Ohio State University’s “August Blooms,” which suggests:
- Large Blazingstar: round light purple clusters along 5-ft tall stems
- Stiff Goldenrod: carnation like yellow poofs atop 3-5-ft stems that appeal to birds
- Frost Aster: butterfly-friendly white flowers with yellow centers, growing 3-5-ft tall
Cleveland.com’s “25 native Ohio perennials” includes the following flowers that bloom in spring:
- Blue False Indigo: another butterfly-friendly, pastel-hued bloom
- Columbine: unique bell-shaped petals that are available in various shades, and appeal to hummingbirds
- Wild Geranium: delicate light purple or pink hues
Maintain Consistent Care of Late Season Blooms
Remember the steps you followed, when you learned how to start a garden at home? Sometimes it’s easier to continue landscaping maintenance when the weather is always bright and you’re probably outside anyway. Depending upon the flowers you choose, you may have to be more vigilant, or more hands-off once planted. Know which flowers are more likely to attract insects, birds, and/or deer, so you achieve the results you’re looking to. Check that you have the proper shade/sun amounts for where and what you’re planting, or can create an optimum spot.
From classic marigolds to perennial sunset-painted blanket flowers, there are plenty of ways to enliven your late season garden. Incorporate the best flowers.