We are becoming more aware of the changing environment and the necessity of using plants that are easy to grow in an assortment of adverse conditions. I have picked 3 tried and true perennials for the fall garden that are sure to please.
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1. Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’– Most people have seen the familiar capped cluster flowers of pink, mauve and burgundy that develop during the fall season. Succulent green leaves emerge quite early in the spring growing to roughly an 18” tall clump. Easy to grow in full sun to a fair amount of shade in a variety of soil conditions. Attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.
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2. Schizachyrium s. ‘Standing Ovation’ Little Bluestem – This native grass offers attractive blue-grey foliage all season with a distinct upright habit growing 18-24” tall. It stands up to wind, rain and snow, providing year round interest on a compact plant. As the season progresses into fall shades of burgundy and orange develop throughout the clump accenting the fall season. Deer resistant and attractive to birds.
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3. Sporobolus h. Prairie Drop Seed – This small, delicate growing grass is native to our area and forms a beautiful fountain shape in the garden with very thin blades of green. In the fall it produces seed heads favored by the birds and smelling of coriander. Easy to grow under many conditions. Deer resistant.