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8 Perennials that WOW in Early Autumn

Adding any of these 8 perennials to your landscape will extend your garden's color show into early autumn. Read below for detailed information on each plant we discuss today and then come by the nursery to shop these (and so many other!) perennials!


'Husker Red' Beard Tongue:


Ornamental Features

'Husker Red' Beard Tongue has masses of beautiful spikes of white tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark green in color with distinctive deep purple edges throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The deep purple stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.


Landscape Attributes

'Husker Red' Beard Tongue is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

'Husker Red' Beard Tongue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

'Husker Red' Beard Tongue will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species..


'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan:

Ornamental Features

'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan has masses of beautiful gold daisy flowers with dark brown eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.


Landscape Attributes

'Goldsturm' is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • General Garden Use

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

This Black Eyed Susan will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.


'Burgundy Glow' Bugleweed:

Ornamental Features

'Burgundy Glow' Bugleweed's attractive small crinkled round leaves emerge dark green in spring, turning shades of light green, dark green, and deep purple in color the rest of the year. It features subtle spikes of blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer.


Landscape Attributes

This variety is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

'Burgundy Glow' Bugleweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Groundcover

  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

  • Container Planting

  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

'Burgundy Glow' Bugleweed will grow to be about 6 inches - 1 foot tall at maturity, with a spread of 1 foot. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


'Cream and Red' Coreopsis:

Ornamental Features

'Cream and Red' Coreopsis is smothered in stunning buttery yellow daisy flowers with a touch of red around the eye from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny leaves remain grass green in color throughout the season.


Landscape Attributes

This Coreopsis is an open herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

'Cream and Red' Coreopsis is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

This variety will grow to be about 12-14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12-14 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils.


'Buttered Rum' Foamy Bells:

Ornamental Features

'Buttered Rum' Foamy Bells features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy lobed leaves are gold in color with showy red variegation and tinges of buttery yellow. The foliage often turns rose in fall.


Landscape Attributes

'Buttered Rum' Foamy Bells is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

'Buttered Rum' Foamy Bells is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Groundcover

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

'Buttered Rum' Foamy Bells will grow to be about 7 inches tall at maturity extending to 10 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates.


'Black Adder' Hyssop:

Ornamental Features

'Black Adder' Hyssop has masses of beautiful spikes of lightly-scented blue flowers with lavender overtones rising above the foliage from mid summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.


Landscape Attributes

'Black Adder' Hyssop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

This variety of Hyssop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • General Garden Use

  • Herb Gardens

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

'Black Adder' Hyssop will grow to be about 2 feet tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 2 feet. It grows at a fast rate.

This plant performs well in full sun. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.


'Autumn Joy' Sedum:

Ornamental Features

'Autumn Joy' Stonecrop has masses of beautiful clusters of pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to late fall, which emerge from distinctive coral-pink flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its large succulent round leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.


Landscape Attributes

'Autumn Joy' Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

'Autumn Joy' Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Groundcover

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

'Autumn Joy' Stonecrop will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


'Snowcap' Shasta Daisy:

Ornamental Features

'Snowcap' Shasta Daisy has masses of beautiful white daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.


Landscape Attributes

'Snowcap' Shasta Daisy is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

'Snowcap' Shasta Daisy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting

  • Border Edging

  • General Garden Use

  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

This Shasta Daisy will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH.

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