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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 26, 2011 - 4:29 am

Now is the time of year that all us gardeners are adding NEW perennials to our flower beds. I am suggesting that you make it a mission to ADD LATE SEASON PERENNIALS to your flower beds. Too many gardeners buy impulsively the Spring & Summer perennials and forget about September and October. There are other perennials besides MUMS for a beautiful Autumn garden. Anenome, Boltonia, Asters, Helenium, Turtlehead and Sedum to name a few. Also, think about adding perennials with burgundy or varigated foliage...they really make an impact all seasons. Another hint to give you late season bloom is CUTTING BACK perennials. This method of perennial maintainance will setback bloom time by a few weeks. If you have a large group of lets say Blackeyed Susans, cutback just half of the clump. The uncut area will bloom first and then the part you did cut back will bloom later. This gives you color in that specific area for a much longer time. Of course if you dead head religiously you will also have later blooms on some perennials and most annuals. I understand this takes alot of time BUT if you are going to make this years mission to have a BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN GARDEN...plan now. Come August some gardeners are tired and the weather is HOT so they start neglecting their gardens BUT if you want a BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN GARDEN, take a deep breath, stay focused and do your gardening in the cool part of the day...early morning is my favorite time to do chores. Make a promise to stay at it and you won't get overwhelmed with MAINTAINING your BELOVED GARDENS.  Can you tell that I can be alittle O.C. ?     Actually I like to call it PASSION. Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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April 26, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Excellent idea.  Now I need to go buy more plants Laugh

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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June 17, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Today I was doing some CUTTING BACK of my late season perennials. Asters, Goldenrods, Mums, Russian Sage, Great Blue Lobelia and Phlox. I take 1/2 of the clump and cut it back by 1/3 or so. This helps give me a much longer bloom time. I also do a lot of deadheading this time of the year to prolong bloom. My compost pile is now growing larger and larger each day.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 3, 2012 - 10:33 am

How many of you gardeners have added LATE SEASON BLOOMERS to your landscape? I know that most of you have been fighting with the HEAT & DROUGHT conditions. Here in my part of Wisconsin, I am TRYING to keep my gardens alive & beautiful. They are blooming shorter and smaller flowers, but at least they are giving me my EYE CANDY.  Don't give upCry. Gardening is not only great exercise, it is wonderful for your soulWink.  Work in you garden in the EARLY mornings...it is soooooooooooo pretty. Then set back in the shade and admire what you DID accomplish.Surprised HAPPY GARDENING my friends!

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Carolina Girl
South Carolina, Zone 8
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September 1, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Hello Lark and gardening freinds, I put in an Autumn Joy Sedum today 3 red barberries and 3 fire power nandinas  and some chives just because I like the bloom on them. It was so hot and humid here today 91. I was one of those crazy ladies in PJs in the garden this morning at 7 30. Isnt it funny how you go outside coffee in hand just to check things out and 2 hrs later you are still there pulling weeds or something. Love IT!

I have a hard time judging how close to put plants when they are young and small.

Lark you have such a good eye for combining plants. How close do you plant? So many times I have planted and then in a couple of years it looks like a jungle. I am in zone 8 so we do have a long growing season.

Hope everyone has a safe and good Labor Day Holiday.Smile

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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September 3, 2012 - 6:20 am

Gail, when in doubt plant according to the tag. No tag?  Google it. Confused I plant most of my perennials closer than what the tag recommends. I find it gives me the lush look much quicker. BUT this also means you have to divide the plant sooner. I usually plant in 3's or 5's. If I can only afford one plant, I scatter seeds of an annual to fill the area until the perennial gets larger.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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September 3, 2012 - 10:07 am

I do the same as Lark (go figure).  Always buy plants in odd numbers so you don't get that "planned" look.  I also put plants closer than I should so it looks more like a mature garden sooner, but then I have to divide and/or move some a year or two later.  No biggie ~ I am moving stuff all the time.  

You're right Gail, in warmer zones the longer gardening season allows some plants to get HUGE, so keep that in mind.  I sometimes go to Dave's Garden (not that I am in love with that site or anything) and check the plant files on a certain item.  Then I read the members' reviews of how the plant behaves, paying special attention to comments from those closer to my zone.  You can learn a lot from other gardeners' experiences.  And I know what you mean by jungle ~ some places in my yard DO look like a jungle, but I like it that way (sometimes).

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Carolina Girl
South Carolina, Zone 8
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September 3, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Happy Labor Day! It has been nice to have an extra day off from work. I have been with my daughter and grandchildren today which has been nice. I went outside early today  and it was cool so I thought I would move my coppertina nine bark. It doesnt seeem happy where it is but before I could get it done we had company. Sometimes we just have to compromise for gand children. It was fun. We stopped by Lowes I usually dont buy much from big bost stores but they had Russian Sage 1/2 price. Who can resist that?

I bought five! I will plant them later today. Thanks for the tip on planting in groups to get the lush look we all want.

I must admit I dont always cut back like I should for some reason that is really hard for me. Cry

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 11:41 am

I just wanted to share pics of my great blue lobelia in my garden for it's thirdIMG_6270-Copy.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_6271-Copy.JPGImage Enlarger year.  The reseeding has not been a problem and as you said, it is easy to pull.  You can see I have a lot of same flowers you do.

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 11:47 am

When I took the pics of the lobelia I couldn't get over how many bees were busy with the blossoms.  The area is right next to my vegetable garden so I'm certain having the bees close by is very good vegetable pollination too.  One bee had large pockets of pollen on his hind legs.IMG_6280-Copy.JPGImage Enlarger

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