Lacking in asters? A little light on mums? Whether we like it or not, the season coming up next is fall, and with it comes our realization that we didn’t think it would get here so soon--as in before we got a chance to get some fall-blooming plants.
I've got a round-up of plants you might not have thought of as color contributors for your late season garden. Some of the annuals can still be found at garden centers.
Many Salvias really come on strong come September. Hopefully you haven't given up on the summertime shrinking violets.
The local hummingbirds love Salvia, and anything else with a deep throat. They're equal opportunity birds when it comes to color. They are enamored by Salvia 'Roma Red.'
Don't forget the other parts of a plant that colors up when the weather gets cool. I call them double-duty plants--those that offer pretty flowers, colorful leaves, and even berries.
Looking for something a little different? Go for a dunce cap (Orostachys boehmeri). Its leaves are cool and impervious to drought throughout the summer, but then it produces the cutest little flowers that look kind of like dunce caps.
Speaking of patience, I'll post some that require the utmost in faith that something spectacular will come out of a brown bulb.