Late Summer to Autumn Perennials

veronicacrinita (300x294)Vernonia arkansana (syn. V. crinita) – Ironweed is a rarely cultivated perennial that is native to the eastern United States but seems to find more garden favor in Europe. It was first  collected in America back in the late 1600’s and features stiff upright stems with narrow willow-like foliage, bearing flat-topped clusters of starry purple flowers. Grows 4-6′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 5.

heleniumbaudirektorlinne (295x300)Helenium ‘Baudirektor Linne’ – A beautiful cultivar of Sneezeweed or Helen’s Flower with late blooming (August to October) single daisy flowers of red with a prominent brown cone (yellow accents), borne in clusters. These are produced on an upright plant with deep green lance-shaped leaves. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Grows 3-4′ high by 18″ wide. Zone 4.

chelonehotlips (300x289)Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ – The mid to late summer blooms of this Lyon’s Turtlehead much resemble a rose-pink snapdragon borne on a tall spire. Chelone prefers part to full sun in coastal BC and requires even soil moisture to look its best. ‘Hot Lips’ features deeper rose-pink flowers and darker green foliage than the species. Grows 36-48″ high by 24-30″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

crocosmiababylon (300x296)Crocosmia ‘Babylon’ – A large-flowered Crocosmia with deep reddish-orange flowers accented with a scarlet eye and a golden-yellow throat. This bulbous perennial bears its blooms atop tall arching stems that are accompanied by green sword-shaped foliage. It prefers a hot, full sun exposure and makes a good cut flower. Grows 30-36″ high by 18″+ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

astervioletqueen (300x294)Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ (syn. ‘Veilchenkonigin’) – This Italian Aster is compact and bears abundant single daisy blooms of deep violet-blue with a contrasting yellow eye from late summer into the prime of autumn. The plants can be pinched in early summer to create a more dense flower display. Divide every 3-4 years. Attracts butterflies. Grows 18-24″ high and wide. Z5.

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