10 Season-Extenders for Fall Landscapes
Fall is an ideal time to work outdoors--conditions are ripe for planting and the crisp, clear air is invigorating. Create a bounty of beauty this fall with season-extending annuals, perennials and shrubs from Proven Winners. Here are ten excellent picks.
GRACEFUL GRASSES® 'Fireworks' (pictured) and more varieties of Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum
SUNSATIA® Blood Orange™ (pictured), Coconut, and Lemon Nemesia
SUPERBELLS® Tangerine Punch (pictured), Plum and 32 more colors Calibrachoa
The spikey chartreuse foliage looks like it would be tough and prickly, but is actually quite soft and "petable." It is wonderful in landscapes and is an outstanding container plant, where it will fall over the edge of containers. It loves heat and can tolerate dry soils, although average moisture will keep it looking fresh. Lemon Coral is grown for its lovely foliage, although if you are lucky it may bloom as well.
PRIMO™ and Dolce® Heuchera (Primo™ 'Black Pearl' pictured)
|PRAIRIE WINDS® Perennial Grasses (‘Cheyenne Sky’ pictured)|
If you are looking for perennial grasses that will grow and mature over many years to come, try our Prairie Winds series. This group of perennial grasses includes manageable 3-6’ tall varieties that bloom in late summer to early fall and develop attractive fall color. They all need full sun to thrive and are deer resistant.
Planting Partners: Dolce® Heuchera, Panicle Hydrangeas
ROCK ‘N GROW™ Sedum (‘Lemonjade’ pictured)
Viburnums are essential flowering shrubs for foundation plantings, living screens and the back of the border. Brandywine has one of the most beautiful fruit displays of all viburnums, developing large clusters of pink, blue and ivory berries in fall. Its glossy, dark green foliage turns maroon red in fall, too. This variety will fruit without a pollinator, but you'll have more berries if you plant it near another Viburnum nudum type like 'Winterthur'. Hardy in zones 5-9.
Planting Partners: Fire Ball® Euonymus, North Pole® Thuja
|FIRE LIGHT® (pictured), ‘LIMELIGHT’, PINKY WINKY® and 6 more varieties of Hydrangea paniculata|
Why are panicle hydrangeas so popular with today’s gardeners? Because they are one of the easiest types of hydrangeas to grow, bloom reliably every year, and aren’t fussy about soil pH. Dwarf cultivars are excellent in containers while larger specimens are showoffs in the landscape when used as focal points and hedges. Each cultivar offers something special, from the pomegranate pink flowers of Fire Light to the outstanding bloom power of ‘Limelight’ and the crowd favorite Pinky Winky which never disappoints with its huge, two-toned plumes. All are hardy in zones 3-9.
Planting Partners: Prairie Winds® grasses, Lil’ Miss Sunshine™ Caryopteris
BERRY HEAVY® (pictured) and BERRY HEAVY® Gold Winterberry Ilex