Just because Summer is over, that doesn’t mean the time for beautiful flowers is over for the year. Many flowers and plants don’t reach their peaks until September and October and add even more color to the landscape. Here are just a few of the flowers you might see flourishing around Michigan at this time of year:
The chrysanthemum may very well be the quintessential Fall flower. Mums have a reputation for being hardy plants, but to get the most out of them, they are best planted in the Spring so the roots will have time to establish themselves. This is particularly important in areas like Michigan where Fall and Winter can get quite cold. If you wait until late Summer/early Fall to plant them, the roots might not have enough time to settle in before it gets too cold. If you see blossoms forming on your mums during the Summer months, you can simply pinch them back, delaying their bloom time until the Fall.
Marigolds are beautiful during the summer months, but are the perfect shades of orange and yellow for the Fall months. Marigolds will typically bloom between July and the time that frost starts setting in.
Goldenrod has a bad reputation for giving many people hay fever, but it’s a reputation that is very undeserved. It’s actually other plants that happen to bloom around the same time as Goldenrod that cause allergy problems. Goldenrod reaches its full bloom in September and October. Its lovely shade of yellow makes a beautiful addition to all the reds and oranges seen around the landscape this time of year.
No list of Fall flowers would be complete without sedum. It does so well during the Fall months that there are varieties of sedum known as “Autumn Joy,” “Autumn Fire,” and “Autumn Charm.” Sedum plants start growing green buds that resemble broccoli during the Summer months, but turn into colorful blossoms in September and October.
Black Eyed Susan
Black eyed susans are one of the most popular types of wildflowers in North America and bloom between July and October. However, black eyed susans have a tendency to take over large areas, so if you’re growing black eyed susans, be careful to not let them take over your other nearby plants.