Flowers for Fall

September 15, 2008 | By | Comments (9)

Spider

Q: Dear G.G.,
In spring, I have a beautiful bleeding heart plant. Then in fall when it’s dying off and gone, I have a large blank spot in my garden. Is there a late bulb or plant that can take its place? The bleeding heart faces west and gets plenty of afternoon sun. Thanks for your help.
Amy Polkabla

Floristmum
Florist Mum

A: Perfect bulbs for blooms right now are spider lily (Lycoris radiata) and surprise lily, also known as naked lady (Lycoris squamigera). They send up foliage in the fall, which remains through spring, and then disappears. In August and September, spikes of flowers standing anywhere from 18-30 inches tall appear seemingly overnight without leaves. Spider lily has bright red glowers with long stamens that resemble spider legs. Surprise lily has pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. Both are easy to grow, spread into drifts, and last for generations. Bulbs are usually available by late spring. An excellent mail-order source is Old House Gardens (www.oldhousegardens.com).

Other perennials you might consider are old-fashioned mums like ‘Country Girl,’ ‘Venus,’ and ‘Single Apricot Korean.’ These are looser and more graceful in form than potted modern mums. Another fall bloomer I really like is white ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone. And you can’t go wrong with the improved, domesticated goldenrods like ‘Golden Baby’ and ‘Fireworks’. They take almost no care, put on a nice fall show, and do not cause hay fever. A good mail-order source for all of these is Niche Gardens (www.nichegardens.com).
Grumpy

COMMENTS

  1. Grumpy Gardener (aka His Excellency)

    It’s a spider lily.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm
  2. Haley

    What is the pinkish red flower at the top of this page! i desperately need to know for a project. Please respond asap!!

    October 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm
  3. Grumpy

    If you’re one of those readers who never throws away any issue, look in the September 2000 or the October 2003 issues. Grumpy

    October 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm
  4. Mildred

    I once saw an article in S.L.on preserving flowers for dried arrangements – in silica and some other ingredients. I have searched unsuccessfully for it. Can you help?

    October 3, 2008 at 10:04 am
  5. Mildred

    I once saw an article in S.L.on preserving flowers for dried arrangements – in silica and some other ingredients. I have searched unsuccessfully for it. Can you help?

    October 3, 2008 at 10:03 am
  6. Grumpy

    This is an evergreen shrub or small tree that blooms with bright yellow, very showy flowers in fall. It is hardy in the Coastal and Tropical South. In the Lower South, it is often killed to the ground in winter and then sprouts in spring. It likes full or part sun and good drainage and tolerates drought. You can order it from Top Tropicals (www.toptropicals.com). Grumpy

    October 2, 2008 at 8:38 am
  7. Udene Sanders

    In the Sept issue of Southern Living pge 70 the is a plant named Senna bicapsularis. Where can I purchase this plant and find info about it?
    Thanks for any help you can give.

    October 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm
  8. Grumpy

    Where do you live? This might make a difference. Also tell me a little about its growing conditions — light, soil, etc.
    Grumpy

    September 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm
  9. david williams

    my monkshood had bloomed one time in 5 years. what can i do to get it to bloom again?

    September 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm

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