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Yard MD Blog: Fall flowers

Plan now for next year's ever-blooming garden

Oct. 21, 2013
 
Colroful zinnias are perfect for fall gardens, blooming until the first hard freeze.
Colroful zinnias are perfect for fall gardens, blooming until the first hard freeze. / Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

Many people tell me that their biggest gardening challenge is finding ways to keep their garden in bloom right through fall.

If this is your challenge, take a look around your cities and towns, as well as visit local public gardens such as Gardens of the Fox Cities and the Green Bay Botanical Garden to see what's in bloom this time of the year.

You will find a lot of annuals, perennials and shrubs still displaying plenty of beautiful blooms. Make note of these, and begin your shopping list for next year. Determine which are annuals and which are perennials. If youíre not sure, donít be afraid to ask. People love to talk about their plants.

Also, determine which you can start from seeds for less out of pocket, and which are bulbs and tubers, or which are best purchased as potted plants.

By planning ahead for next year, you can ensure your garden will be in peak bloom right through October, into November.

Some of the plants you will find in bloom now include zinnias, morning glories, mum, asters, roses, Rose of Sharon, love lies bleeding, calendula, marigold, cosmos, salvia, sages, hardy hibiscus, strawflower, dahlia and others.

Make your list, shop early in spring, and enjoy a full-color garden through Halloween and later.

ó Rob Zimmer: 920-993-1000, ext. 7154, yardmd@postcrescent.com

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