It’s that time of the year where the weather starts getting colder and the plants that were once flourishing are now struggling to survive. Thankfully, there are certain kinds of crops that were made for this season. We compiled a list of the top plants for your late fall garden, that will leave your garden looking not only fabulous but healthy as well.
One plant that is a must-have in our garden during the fall months is the Aster Novi-Belgii. This perennial, commonly referred to as the Michaelmas Daisy, can be found in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. These soft and fragile daisy-like blossoms begin bursting open in late August but continue on until frost. When planted, they typically creep throughout the whole garden, but since they’re very airy, they blend well with other flowers.
Another plant that we need in our gardens throughout the fall is the Toad Lily. Toad lilies, which are sometimes called Tricyrtis hirta, brighten up any environment with their bright and intricately spotted pedals. Plus, they’re super easy for homeowners to take care of making this an obvious choice. This perennial grows best in shady and moist areas, with well-drained soil. On average, they grow to a size of 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
The Russian Sage is a staple for the fall as well. This plant differs a bit from the rest of the warm autumnal shades going on in the garden, but that’s what makes it so special. Russian sages have buoyant blue flowers and silvery foliage. They’re strong flowers though, so they can survive the frost and all the cold weather that comes its way. Then, the foliage and blooms have a great smell making it one of our fall favorites. Don’t forget to grow the Russian sage in areas where there’s full sun and well-drained soil.
Besides flowers, a plant that grows fantastic in the fall is beets. Unlike a lot of other vegetable crops, beets will thrive in below-freezing temperatures, if given the proper protection. Once the weather begins getting cool, cover the plant with a blanket, cardboard box or some type of plastic tunnel. As soon as the roots become plump and crisp, dig the vegetable out. If you end up leaving the plants in the ground, they will form unsightly cracks. Carrots, rutabagas, and turnips are also excellent vegetables for late fall.
With late fall quickly approaching, try out some of these plants we recommended. The garden will soon transform into a paradise, instead of a crime scene.
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