Full Sun Plants

There are many varieties of Goldenrod(Solidago) to add beautiful color to the fall garden, from 18″ -4′ tall.  Goldenrod is not the weedy roadside plant, Ragweed, that causes hay fever!  Plant in areas with not so great soil along with Ornamental Grasses, Asters and other sun lovers.  Makes a nice fall arrangement.

Althea Griffin

It is definitely August weather in Atlanta as well as many other regions of the country – the Perennials are looking a bit sad!

However, the group of plants that are still looking good are the Sedums (aka Stonecrops).   Since they are succulents, they store moisture to keep themselves alive with minimum watering.  The tall varieties are getting ready to burst into clusters of tiny pink flowers that will eventually darken to a bronze color later in the fall.  Pictured here is the Variegated variety – it looks good all season long & adds such a nice foliage to the garden. 

With  fall being a good time to divide & transplant perennials, I plan to remove a section from each plant to add to another sunny, dry spot in my garden.  The plants will have a chance for their roots to settle in  before the plants have to work hard to produce the foliage & blossoms again next year. 

Happy Gardening!

Althea Griffin

Perennials & shrubs are the mainstays of my garden, but annuals can be a good thing!  They are a great fill-in for areas where the perennials have finished blooming & leave a void.  Vincas, Impatiens, Begonias & Lantanas are all easy to find this time of year & will provide you with color throughout the fall.

Althea

Cutting Perennials for bouquets of any size in the summer is so much fun!  The hardest part is deciding if you want them in the house in a pretty vase or left on the plants in the garden!! 

But, do cut some – whether a large arrangement as shown or just a few stems to put in a little vase on the windowsill or on a counter top in the bathroom – also always a nice touch to add to the guestroom.  The best time of day to cut is early morning and immediately put them in water.  I carry around a small bucket filled with water to submerge the stems in & keep them there until I’m ready to do the arrangement.

Don’t forget to cut the foliage as well – Solomon’s Seal, Fringed Bleeding Heart, Crocosmia always look great.  Annuals, such as Coleus of any color add a great texture and they last a long time in a vase – just remember to change the water every couple days.

Happy Gardening!

Althea