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Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 72: Blooms for Fall

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

When it comes to autumnal color in the garden, most of us probably think of leaves changing from green, to perhaps yellow, orange, or even red. This foliage show is a staple of the season in many parts of the country. Plants that actually bloom in fall get less attention, perhaps because they have a hard time competing with the fiery foliage of their neighbors. On today’s show, Steve and Danielle give several plants that bloom in fall their due. These perennials and shrubs save their best for last, highlighting the landscape with vibrant pinks and cool blues—hues not often associated with October.

 

Expert testimony: Karen Beaty, horticulturist for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. 

 

DANIELLE’S LIST

Resurrection lily (Lycoris squamigera, Zones 5–9)

Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’, Zones 4–8)

Wild Swan™ anemone (Anemone ‘Macane001’, Zones 5–8)

Bluebeard (Caryopteris spp. and cvs., Zones 5–9)

 

STEVE’S LIST

‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’, Zones 5–9)

‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’ New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’, Zones 4–8)

‘Ginger Love’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Ginger Love’, Zones 6–9)

Autumn crocus (Colchicum spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9)

 

EXPERT’S LIST

Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata, Zones 3–9)

Texas gayfeather (Liatris punctata var. mucronata, Zones 5–9)

Pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 5–9)

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana, Zones 5–10)

 

Wild Swan™ anemone (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)
Wild Swan™ anemone. Photo: Walters Gardens Inc.
‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’ New England aster
‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’ New England aster
Tatarian aster
Tatarian aster
‘Dark Knight’ bluebeard
‘Dark Knight’ bluebeard
Bluebeard transplant all grown up in our publisher, Renee’s garden
Bluebeard transplant all grown up in the garden of Fine Gardening‘s publisher, Renee.
Autumn crocus
Autumn crocus
‘Moerheim Beauty’ sneezeweed
‘Moerheim Beauty’ sneezeweed
‘Fireworks’ goldenrod
‘Fireworks’ goldenrod
Resurrection lily
Resurrection lily

Expert picks—Karen Beaty

Karen Beaty is a horticulturist for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. 

Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata, Zones 3–9)

Texas gayfeather (Liatris punctata var. mucronata Zones 5–9)

Pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 5–9)

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana, Zones 5–10)


American beautyberry. Photo: Karen Beaty
Partridge pea (credit: Karen Beaty)
Partridge pea. Photo: Karen Beaty
Texas gayfeather (credit: Karen Beaty)
Texas gayfeather. Photo: Karen Beaty
Pink muhly grass (credit: Karen Beaty)
Pink muhly grass. Photo: Karen Beaty
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  1. arboretum 10/09/2020

    I love learning about the Partridge Pea, but the tantalizing Muhly grass is not hardy in z 5/6 [from my experience].

  2. arboretum 10/09/2020

    p.s. my euonymus [that's on the list of another Region] has
    been berrying in full open shade for 20 years!

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