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6 Unpretentious Perennials That Grace My Flower Beds In September

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The arrival of autumn does not mean that colorful, brightly colored plants in the garden should disappear with the hot days. By choosing perennials carefully for your flower beds, you can keep fresh flowers in your garden until almost the beginning of winter. If you want to freshen up your flowerbeds for the start of autumn, these plants are sure to pique your interest. Some of them are already familiar to florists and some are among the increasingly popular novelties - in any case the presence of such perennials in your garden guarantees your flower beds lush and bright colors.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
6 unpretentious perennials which decorate flower beds in September. © monrovia

1. Japanese anemone

Most commonly associated with spring primroses, or anemones, but Japanese anemone is a late summer-early fall plant. Japanese anemone is distinguished by large flowers consisting of five petals in a pink and crimson color palette. They surround the center of the flower with many bright yellow stamens. Depending on the variety, the inflorescences can be simple or semi-major.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
Japanese anemone blooms for several weeks, and usually peaks in September

Flowers last several weeks, and usually peaks in September. With a delicate pink haze of petals, the windbreaker dilutes the crimson colors of fall and adds a romantic mood to the garden. Even after petals have fallen, yellowish heads on tall stems still look attractive and continue to decorate autumn gardens. In summer time Japanese anemone will not occupy a vain place in flower beds but will worthily decorate them with its carved exquisite foliage. When they don't flower they are also short and well shaped. During the flowering period the plants can be up to 60-90 cm high and some varieties will need to be tied down. However, in natural style flower beds, the windflower is often left in its natural form and its flower stems lean elegantly above the ground.

This charming perennial prefers moist soils (without stagnant water), so the flowers will grow in most gardens with regular watering. When planting, it is better to make compost into the soil to increase moisture capacity, and then mulch the bushes annually in spring and autumn.

In suitable conditions, Japanese anemone grows well and forms clumps, thanks to which it looks especially spectacular. Tender inflorescences attract butterflies to the garden.

2. New Belgian Aster

Let us remember that the annual plant that we are used to call an aster is actually called Callistephus. But the "real" asters are usually perennials. There are dozens of varieties of asters, but the most popular all over the world are New Belgian asters , which are often called Septembergirls .

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
Aster New Belgian - one of the most conspicuous plants of an autumn garden. The popular name fully reflects the time of blooming of these asters, for they begin to open really in September, but keep blooming till the late autumn. Among them you can find pure white ("White Leydis") and dark maroon ("Crimson Brocade"). But most varieties still present a lilac-purple color range.

The height of these asters also varies quite widely. Of the dwarf varieties (up to 30 centimeters), for example, "Tiny Toy" or "Alice Haslem". They will make a wonderful border, which will keep its shape during the whole season, and at the end of summer will be covered with flowers.

The decoration of the yard areas with containers with flowering dwarf asters is in fashion. In autumn, the compositions are often supplemented with pumpkins of the new harvest and cachet with dwarf chrysanthemums, which looks smart and stylish.

For the middle plan of the flower bed, choose medium-grown asters up to 40 centimeters in height, such as "Herbstgass Von", which is characterized by delicate pink flowers. The tallest varieties can reach up to 180 centimetres and in addition to their main function as a flower bed backdrop they can also be used as a hedge or to decorate outbuildings.

In the evening and on cloudy days the baskets of New Belgian Aster close and droop, but as soon as the sun warms up they again brighten up the garden and blossom for weeks on end.

Aster novobelgia is one of the most unpretentious perennials and a "low maintenance" plant. It grows well in drained, moderately moist soils, in full sun or light penumbra. To avoid fungal leaf diseases such as powdery mildew, it is important to ensure good air circulation and not to overgrow clumps of asters.

After planting, you can divide the bushes every two or three years to decorate other corners of your garden with cheerful "September" plants.

For more details about other types of asters of the fall flowering period, read the article American asters in garden design - species and varieties, care.

3. Ochitnik prominent

Ochitniks are not only colorful mats, firmly established in the alpinary. Ochitnik prominent - indeed, visible from afar. This perennial has elastic erect stems and grows 20-50 centimeters high.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
The ochitnik has a wide range of colors of leaves and petals. © Ludmila Svetlitskaya

Ochitnik prominent decorates a flower garden from spring to late autumn. In April-May young leaves appear from the ground, resembling charming cabbage heads. Then the stems rise upwards and form large, fleshy leaves of various colors (bluish, white-coated, pinkish, maroon and even black depending on the variety).

The plant has a very long phase of flowering, but even then, during the whole summer, it still looks very impressive. Its appearance is attractive not only because of its multi-colored and expressive foliage, but also because dense clumps of leaved stumps are well shaped and have a beautiful bush structure. Some varieties start blooming in late July or early August, but the majority of varieties bloom in the fall and become the main decoration of the flower bed in September. During this period the shields of the ochitnik light up as if they were on fire, revealing numerous small stars of flowers, and this looks stunning against the background of fleshy leaves.

While the most common color of the ochitnik is pinkish, not all of them are pink. Numerous cultivars have both crimson and coral shades of petals, some flower in white (most often those with white markings on the leaf plates, "Frosty Morn".

Some cultivars feature original pale yellow inflorescences ("Yellow Xenox"). Autumn ochitniks are also varied in height. For example, the variety "Pinky" with pinkish foliage does not grow taller than 20 cm, and the famous "Matrona" can reach a height of 45 cm. Like other herbaceous perennials, the Prickly Pear disappears underground in winter. There is no need in the autumn pruning of the stems, and the faded inflorescences can be left for the birds to eat in late autumn.

Ochitnik is extremely unpretentious and drought-resistant, the key to success in its cultivation - sunny location, and watering only during drought. In the penumbra the bushes can fall apart and in excessive moisture rot or be infected with fungal diseases.

4. Candlewort

Candlewortis now gaining many admirers among plant lovers who prefer to create nature-style flower beds. It is distinguished by its reliability, attractive color of inflorescences and a long period of flowering - from August to October.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
The best partners for Candlestick Grasses and large perennials that can make a worthy duet with it. © mountvenusnursery

The bright spikelets of the mountaineer have a carmine-red hue, which is not often found among perennial plants. The upright inflorescences are especially effective against a background of wide leaves which turn from green to golden in autumn. An additional bonus of the plant is its resistance to lodging. With a height of 100-120 centimeters, with a bush width of about 70 centimeters. It has a strong root, but it does not become a bad weed, due to its slow growth, and grows in a neat clump. Nevertheless with time it can suppress weaker plants growing in its vicinity. The best partners: grasses and large perennials which can form a worthy duet with it without crowding each other (Miscanthus, Aster novobelgicus, millet). This species is native to regions with a temperate climate, so it has a good winter hardiness (zone 4). Grows in full sun or light penumbra.

5. Rudbeckia triloba

This delightful yellow rudbeckia has smaller flowers than most other rudbeckias, but this plant is incredibly showy. Rudbeckia triloba features a tall, sturdy stem and airy inflorescences consisting of many bright yellow daisies with an expressive black center.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
Rudbeckia triloba has smaller flowers than other rudbeckias, but this plant is incredibly showy. © Ludmila Svetlitskaya

The most popular variety of this rudbeckia species 'Prairie Glow' has an even more attractive appearance. This cultivar has expressive dark red stems, but the flowers are particularly noteworthy, which are yellowish-orange at the beginning of dissolution, and the rusty hues intensify later, as they dissolve. At the same time, a decrease in temperature also makes the baskets brighter. Thus on the plant you can observe inflorescences, colored with different intensity, which creates a very picturesque effect.

Blooming of Rudbeckia triloba is not long, but it is always desired in autumn mix-boards and combines perfectly with tall grasses (millet, miscanthus, molinia, reedgrass). For the best effect it is better to plant several specimens in a cluster, because its bushes are not too branchy and do not grow much wider.

Rudbeckia is undemanding to growing conditions, but most of all it will like moist, not too dry soil and sunny places. Any additional fertilizers and special care, treatment against pests and diseases the plant does not require. Therefore rudbeckia triloba can be safely called another flower "for the lazy".

Since rudbeckia does not repeat flowering, there is no need to cut off the inflorescences. Rounded seed heads are better left in the flower bed, so that they give additional structural expression to the mixborder.

Original representative of the plantain family. Sometimes it is possible to meet this plant under the name "pink turtle", such nickname helonet acquired because of the fact that its double-lipped light crimson flowers with a hood have some resemblance to the head of a turtle.

6 unpretentious perennials that grace my flower beds in September
Chelone can be called the star of shady flower beds, because with high unpretentiousness it gives the most decorative effect

Depending on the variety, the inflorescences can have pink, pink-purple and bright white color. Flowering begins in mid to late August and continues until late fall. During the summer, chelonet graces the flower bed with persistent ribbed stems adorned with dark green broad lance-like leaves that sit in pairs.

Chelonet is quite attractive throughout the growing season. This perennial can be called the star of shady flower beds, because with high unpretentiousness it gives the maximum decorative effect. And, moreover, it begins to bloom when many other ornamental plants have already bloomed.

Chelonet prefers moist, humus-rich soils. It grows best in the penumbra, but with regular watering it tolerates planting in full sun. In spring, it is recommended to pinch the tops of the stems to reduce the height of adult plants and get more compact bushes. Because sometimes too much shade will cause the plants to stretch out and may require support.

The rootstock of chelonet is slow to spread out, forming wide clumps. The root does not spread out too much and does not cause problems to neighboring plantings. Under optimal conditions, the perennial can seed itself.