Flowers for fall

My little friend Florence asked what flowers she can plant now to make fall flower arrangements for her cottage industry. Sounds way cooler than a lemonade stand, right?

From seed, there are a few quick-growing annuals that germinate in warm soil and would bloom in September. These all make good cut flowers. Keep the seed bed moist so while they germinate and then water regularly. Feed with organic fertilizer too.

Buckwheat

Calendula

Zinnia

Dwarf sunflower varieties

Lacy phacelia

Cleome

There might still be starts of these and other annual at garden centers or New Seasons. Be sure to get organic plants so they are free of neonicotinoid pesticides that harm bees. Garden centers that are aware of this issue include Garden Fever in Northeast and Birds and Bees in South East.

Potted perennials that could be planted now to bloom this fall are hyssop (Agastasche), Chrysanthemum, Asters, Golden rod and Japanese anemone.

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Douglas aster

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