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Eight Perennials to Plant in October

Fall is here and finally bringing it’s cooler temperatures! When the weather in your area stays cool, this is the best time to plant for beautiful Spring blooms. This will ensure that you are getting those perennials really established. With October being only a couple of days a way, I want to share eight of my favorite perennials to plant in your fall garden.

– Evergreen perennial
– Hardy in zones 4 through 8
– Full sun
– Well-drained soil
– Dead-head spent flowers
– 6-8 inches in height and 8-12 inch spread
– Fragrant
– Deer resistant
– Drought tolerant
– Attracts butterflies and bees

– Evergreen perennial
– Hardy in zones 3 through 9
– Fast and vigorous grower – makes it a great ground-cover
– Full sun to part shade
– In full sun, leaves have a yellow to chartreuse hue while in the shade, the leaves have a bright green color
– Does well in containers as it cascades down the side of the pot
– Consistently moist soil

– Evergreen perennial
– Hardy in zones 3 through 8
– Perfect ground cover
– Drought tolerant
– Deer resistant
– Part to full shade
– Height: 6-8 inches
– Spread 12-18 inches
– Mauve flowers in the spring
– Brightens dark area with its uniquely colored leaves containing light, green, dark green, chartreuse, and silver coloration

– Herbaceous perennial
– Hardy in zones 4 through 8
– Prolific and long bloomer
– Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
– Deer resistant
– Heat tolerant
– Full sun
– Lush, spiked flowers with a violet opening to deep purple-blue
– Plant height: 18 inches
– Flower height: 24 inches

– Herbaceous perennial
– Hardy in zones 3 though 9, depending on the cultivar
– Long bloom period: June to October
– Perfect for cut flowers
– Lemon-yellow, orange, and gold blooms
– Full sun for best blooms but can grow in part sun
– Height: 1 to 10 feet – cultivar dependent
– Spread: 12 to 18 inches
– Attracts bees, butterflies, and other insects
– deer resistant
– Beautiful cultivars: ‘Double Gold’, ‘Cherokee Sunset’, and ‘Prairie Sun’
– Native to North America
– Deadhead to encourage more blooms
– Leaving dead flowers attracts birds
– Self-seeder – more plants for your buck!

– Herbaceous perennial
– Hardy in zones 3 to 9
– Full to part sun
– Height and spread: 18 to 24 inches
– Blooms in the late summer to fall
– Pink, red, and lavender blooms
– Succulent foliage
– Attracts bees, butterflies, and moths
– Flowers remain beautiful even as they dry can can last into the winter
– Well-drained soil
– Prefers infrequent watering
– Easily propagated
– Excellent plants for containers
– Drought tolerant

– Herbaceous perennial with some evergreen cultivars
– Hardy in zones 3 to 9 – cultivar dependent
– Moist, well-drained soil; tolerant of poor soils
– Flower best in full sun but can tolerate some shade
– Easily spread to form clumps – more bang for your buck!
– Quick growers and long lived
– Wide array of colors: pink, purple, orange, yellow, and more
– Beautiful cultivars: ‘Mexican Fiesta’, ‘Apricot Sparkles’, ‘Red Razzmatazz’, ‘Ruffled Pastel Cheers’

– Herbaceous perennial
– Hardy in zones 3 to 9 – cultivar dependent
– Full to part sun
– 2-4 feet tall and 12-36 inches in width – cultivar dependent
– Attract butterflies, bees, and birds
– Drought tolerant
– Deer resistant
– Long bloom period
– Self-seed if flower heads are not removed
– Flowers come in a variety of colors: white, pink, red, green, orange, and yellow
– Beautiful cultivars: ‘Big Sky Sundown’, ‘Tangerine Dream’, ‘Lakota Fire’, and ‘White Swan’