Today's article includes flowers that begin blooming in mid-summer and continue on and on. A low maintenance perennial garden that keeps blooming from July until frost? It's possible!
Monkshood, also known as Wolfbane (Aconitum)
Monkshood blooms in mid-summer, but following one quick tip will get you more flowers in the fall. It's very important to deadhead monkshood: after the first bloom is finished, cut the bloom stalks down to the ground and don't let the plant set seed. Later in the season you'll be rewarded with more flowers.
Plant monkshood in full sun if possible, but this perennial will also thrive in light sh...
Here's a quick overview of fall-blooming perennials that are hardy in our Northern Minnesota zone. Plan now for fall color!
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
Asters are the respected standby for all fall-blooming gardens. They are most familiar in purple shades but also bloom white, pink, and blue. Their fine-petaled flowers are between half an inch and two inches across.
Asters begin to bloom in August and continue until frost. Pinch the tops in early summer to promote bushy growth and dozens of flowers. Asters like to creep through the perennial garden but they blend nicely with other flowers.