Add Fall Color with Anemones & Asters

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Aster ‘Magic Pink’, ‘Improved Dragon’ & ‘White Puff’

Asters are one of the best ways to add color to your landscaping or containers this fall.  These prolific bloomers bring color to your garden in late summer and fall when other flowers in the garden are beginning to lose their luster. These daisy-like blooms come in a variety of colors, pink, purple, lavender, white, and work well in cut flower arrangements. Some varieties are naturally compact, others grow tall and benefit from cutting back one-third in mid summer to keep their shape.  Asters are tough and reliable, tolerating periods of drought.  They also are a favorite among butterflies. Plant these in full to part sun.

Varieties we love this year are Magic Pink, Dragon Improved Blue & White Puff!

Anemone September Charm

Anemones are perennials that bloom from late summer to fall, keeping the garden alive after spring and summer blooms have passed. These plants grow best in part sun. Bloom colors range from pink to rose to white with plants spreading quickly when happy.  Flowers are great for cut arrangements. Cut flowers early in the morning when the bloom is still closed. Place them in room temperature water to force them open and they will last over a week with regular water changes.  Plant in rich, moist soil in full sun or part shade.  Plants will however, tolerate a variety of soil conditions.  Attract butterflies yet are deer and rabbit resistant.  Plants spread and fill in as they mature. Plants benefit from mulching in late fall.

Prince Henry

Anemone ‘Prince Henry’

Anemone ‘Prince Henry’, like other Anemones are outstanding plants for the late summer and fall garden!  Mauve-pink, semi-double blooms are continuously produce over lush, dark-green foliage and make a perfect cut flower.

Lavender Asters shown with a spiral Conifer & Viburnum