Only spring and summer were always considered the seasons of riot of colors and flowers in gardens. Autumn for many of us is a period of withering and preparation for next year, a natural change in the colors of falling leaves. But for those who have taken care of introducing flower beds and autumn plants into the design, it turns into a new, solemn, fiery parade of the most persistent perennials. Plants, the peak of decorativeness of which occurs at the end of the garden season, is not as small as it seems. Beautiful and hardy autumn flowers are always able to surprise.
Autumn is the peak of the decorativeness of many plants
Since September, the number of flowering plants in the gardens has naturally declined. But they do not disappear in the blink of an eye, and many cultures just begin to bloom in the period of colorful autumn. The variety of autumn flowers is amazing. Annual, seasonal crops, repeatedly flowering and autumn-flowering perennials, autumn bulbs and shrubs that “hold” until the last warm day - autumn has a lot of stars.
A lot of autumn species among bulb plants. Unique autumn crocuses, which seem to emphasize autumn garden metamorphoses with their tenderness, are just one example. Liriope with its dazzling beauty, touching and such oriental garden cyclamens, autumn decorative bows or bright Sternbergia - you can choose by palette and size. Bulbs are suitable for the role of autumn accents no worse than for the role of spring, it is enough just to choose the right kind.
The season of colorful flyers with the advent of autumn does not end at all. The main stars of autumn flower gardens are marigolds, which are hardy to find, and the legendary “majors” annual dahlias. But even in October, annual dolphiniums, and wonderful seasonal asters, and many much less stable summers continue their parade.
The garden princess roses also prolong their flowering. While the buddley, the autumn lilac, competes with them, and the hydrangeas repaint their hats, roses continue to fight stably against unstable temperatures. Many bush princesses release their last buds after they have dropped all the leaves, leaving under the frost with their luxurious inflorescences.
The focus is always on perennials. The second wave in dolphiniums and lupins, which continue to bloom, usually occurs in autumn. Many varieties of the best summer perennials with long flowering, blooming in July, partially capture September with their shows.
But the main grassy stars of autumn are plants of a completely different nature. In autumn there is no equal to magnificent garden cereals. From miscanthus to millet and cinnamon - in the fall, they rule the compositions and set the tone for the whole design. The leaves of most ornamental herbs are repainted in copper and gold, and inflorescences of even summer-flowering species retain their decorativeness and emphasize the picturesqueness of autumn panoramas.
Along with the true kings of autumn, with their late flowering, the appearance of the garden, which is preparing for winter, and grassy perennials are revived. Stonecrops, asters, chrysanthemums, heleniums, window sills, solidago, gentians ... So different, but so equally bright against the autumn background, they have long been indispensable participants in the autumn transformation.
Let's get acquainted with the top ten most durable, spectacular and decorative autumn perennials. From the best of autumn cereals to luxurious dahlia queens, everyone is wearing their autumn pet here.
See the next page for a list of the 10 brightest autumn flowers.