*By: Christi Shingara*
Maintaining a garden that blooms all year long is hard work. However, seeing beautiful flowers on a regular basis that you grew is well worth it. Now that we are in the dog days of summer, here are a few flowers that will ensure your garden will continue to bloom through season’s end.
Solidago, often called goldenrod, is a perennial found in open areas such as meadows and prairies. It can be planted in the fall or spring and spreads aggressively. Some species can grow as tall as 5 feet and as short as 1 foot. They are a yellow color and bloom late-summer into the fall. Butterflies love this plant and it is fairly easy to maintain. The soil should be moist but not saturated. It craves sun and is a very hardy flower.
This flower grows well in low lying moist areas and depending on the species can be a perennial or an annual. It is best to plants these in the spring. They mature quickly and can range from 3 to 5 feet. Many species look like daily-like flowers and come in a variety of colors. These flowers also love full sun and moist soil that is well-drained. They are also relatively easy to grow and maintain.
Oriental Lily (Stargazer)
The oriental lily or stargazer is a hybrid lily of the ‘Oriental group’. They are known for being fragrant and blooming mid-to-late summer. Another characteristic is that they have large colorful bowl-shaped or flat-shaped flowers. These perennials should be planted in the fall or early spring in an area that has a lot of sun. Varieties of these come in pink to crimson, white and orange. Stargazers also do well in moist soil and can grow to 4 feet tall. They bloom in the late part of the summer and do well in warm weather. Fertilizer is also encouraged because they are heavy feeders.
Chrysanthemum’s are perennials that are part of the daisy family and come in a variety of colors. Make sure to plant these in the early spring or fall. They are hardy and grow fast and can start blooming in September and well into October. They enjoy full sun and moist well drained soil. These flowers 4 to 36 inches tall and 12 to 36 inches wide. They are susceptible to common pests and diseases. If a disease does occur the plant should be extracted.
Another late summer blooming perennial is aster. These flowers bloom from August to October and are a purple/blue color with a daisy like appearance. Bees and butterflies love these flowers because they are pollinators. They are fast growing and be planted anytime of the year but spring is preferred. If taken care of, they are hardy and can last year after year. Aster loves sun and moist soil that is well-drained and can grow from 1-6 feet tall. Most insects will leave these flowers alone, but the lace bug could cause problems if found on the aster. These flowers are perfect for any garden!
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