Sunday, October 12, 2014

4 Easy-Care Fall Plants

Looking for some easy-to-grow fall plants? 

These 4 plants require little-to-no maintenance and are perfect for fall.

Fanny’s Aster


Aster oblongifolius, ‘Fanny’ grows into a dense mound about 3 feet tall and wide. Hundreds of rich purple, daisy-shaped blooms smother this tough perennial in October and November. Give it sun and well-drained soil. Crushed leaves emit a lemony scent and butterflies love the flowers. We love this flower for fall. It is easy to take care of and looks great for the majority of the season. 


Goldenrod


Lots of goldenrods are native to the South, but there are several varieties that grow in the Northwest too. In fact, there are many varieties of this plant and all are showy, flowery fall beauties. Some are invasive, so watch out, they'll spread like wildfire. You'll enjoys sprays of bright-yellow blooms in late summer and fall, attracting butterflies from all over. Combine it with blue and purple flowers, like Fanny’s aster and wild ageratum for a real show stopper. Give it sun and well-drained soil. 

On a side note, there's a misconception that Goldenrod causes hay fever  This is not true  Ragweed is the one that causes hay fever. 


Sedum


There's nothing easier to grow than sedum. One time I broke off a sedum stem from a plant and literally stuck it in the ground. It grew! It grew into a nicely-sized sedum plant. 
Like with many perennials, there are many varieties to choose from. 

Funny thing about sedum is that is has  neon variety. Some say you should wear protective eyewear when ‘Neon’ showy sedum blooms!

The unearthly bubblegum-pink glow from the blooms atop this succulent perennial in late summer and fall will burn right through your eyelids.

Whatever variety you choose, you'll enjoy clumps plump, gray-green leaves about 18 inches tall and wide and almost cauliflower-like blooms that come in an array of colors. Do butterflies like it too? You bet. It’s great for containers or the front of a mixed border. Give  sedum lots of sun and well-drained soil. Forget about ever watering. It doesn’t need it. 


Chinese Elm


My favorite medium-size shade & street tree.
Most shade trees that grow fast are horrible candidates for the average home garden. (Think silver maple, willows, mulberry, mimosa, sycamore, and poplars.) They’re messy, buggy, weedy, weak-wooded, and have shallow roots that invade water lines and lift up pavement. Not Chinese elm (Ulmus parviflora), especially a superior selection named ‘Allee’ (pronounced al-lay).



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