Sunday, September 28, 2008

Plants for Fall Color: Planning Improvements for Next Year's Long Border

One of my goals as a gardener is to have year-round color. I'm editing the Long Border for fall color now. I originally conceived of this border being at its peak in the fall, but not without interest during the rest of the year.

The first half of the Long Border looks great: the miscanthus grass provides movement; Salvia Black and Blue is weaving itself in and out; willow leaf sunflower, monarda, cimifuga, calamintha nepeta, and asters are all working. The second half is limping by: the false sunflower, two vitex, and an unremarkable grass all have to go.

For next fall, here are some plants that look great right now either in other parts of my garden or in others' gardens that I admire: Japanese anemone; turtlehead chelone; aster tataricus "Jindai" (can spread aggresively recommended that it's divided every three years); perovskia; boltonia; viburnum nudum; toadlily; monkshood; tall annual salvias (blooming now until the frost, including salvia 'Phyllis Fancy' and salvia splendens 'Van Houttie'); Geranium 'Roxanne'; red hot pokers; hardy chrysanthemums; clematis tibetana; Nippon daisy (is wonderful, but needs to be cut back hard so as to not flop before they flower); and/or hydrangeas (two with beautiful fall color are 'Preziosa' and 'Lady in Red').

Keeping In: Salvia Black and Blue.
Keeping In: Monarda.
Keeping In: Cimifuga.
Keeping In: Asters.
Taking Out: False Sunflower.

Maybe Next Year: Japanese Anemone (currently in the Front Border).
Maybe Next Year: Hardy Chrysanthemums (currently in the Egg Garden).

4 comments:

Jack and Joann said...

Thank you. You just provided a nice list for me to take to our garden center. I have your blog posted on the front page of my blog so that my flower gardening friends can find it. You have the most amazing garden. Bravo!

heirloomgardener said...

Jack and Joann,

Thanks for the compliment! Hopefully, you can find some of these flowers at the gardening center now. If not, you can always find them through the online nurseries.

Heirloom Gardener

a woman who is said...

Hi, I don't know how I ended up here but being a gardener too, I just had to peruse your blog. And of coarse roses are my favorites. I am learning something’s here, like the soapy water jar trick. I made a little discovery for myself this year on the Elmer’s glue thing. I started to use stick glue. It is less messy and fits in my pocket as I am wandering around the garden doing some light dead heading.

Well I will have to continue my enjoyment of the rest of your blog =]

McCabeandco said...

Your photos reflect your soul... and your soul seems to be in the garden, and yep, a great place for the soul to be, seeking solace in nature... beautiful!!

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