Other Fall Perennials: Move Over, Mums!
Looking for an alternative to the old standbys for fall garden color? We found some striking perennials that will be arriving at garden centers over the next few weeks, ready to be planted once summer’s heat has passed
In cooler regions, like the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest: Look for black-eyed Susans such as Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ (A), with huge, 6- to 9-inch-wide flower heads—twice the size of other cultivars—that have bright-yellow daisylike blooms with brown centers; and asters, including ‘Wood’s Blue’ (B), a tidy dwarf that reaches only about 16 inches high with a wide mound full of fine-petaled purple flowers. In warmer areas, including the South and California: Look for camellias, including Amber Groundcover Rose (C), a fragrant, shrubby variety with showy deep-pink flowers from September into winter, and Flower Carpet roses, including ‘MonDel’ (D), whose buds start red, then open into semi-double peachy, fragrant blooms.