Autumn Blooms

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus

We’re excited for the change of season. Summer ending doesn’t mean the blooms are ending! We’re highlighting still blooming flowers and trees that help the season of autumn come to life!

If you want a large, fast-growing tree with spectacular fall color, Red Maple is the perfect choice! Also called Swamp Maple and Scarlet Maple, Red Maple grows best in zones 3 through 9. Red Maple is special because it features something red in each of the seasons—buds in winter, flowers in spring, leafstalks in summer, and brilliant foliage in autumn.

Flowering Dogwood is considered one of the most spectacular, native flowering trees. It is beloved for its large white blossoms during the spring. However, during autumn, the leaves turn wine-red and are followed by colorful fruit. The pretty red berries can be germinated to grow your own little dogwood trees. Flowering Dogwood is hardy in zones 5 through 9.

Chrysanthemum, is the most popular of all autumn-blooming perennials. This flower comes in many colors, sizes and forms. Chrysanthemums add a lovely splash of warmth to the autumn garden. They are used for borders, containers, and cuttings. These late-season flowers can handle a light touch of frost, and colors often improve with cold weather!

Flowering Kale, also called “ornamental” cabbage and kale. These bold rosettes steal the autumn show from brightly colored chrysanthemums. The beautiful blues, purples, greens and whites of flowering kale will stand out in your garden once temperatures dip into the 50s. Although this is an ornamental plant, the leaves can be eaten. Truth be told though, they’re really only great for garnish.

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