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Subject: connecticut gardener favorites
From: bonny
Zone: 4
Date: 15-Jul-02 12:29 PM EST

I have a garden which is great in the Spring but fades a bit at this time of year.I would like to know some of your Connecticut favorites that will begin to show color now and bring me into Fall and even to the first frost.Thanks to all.

Subject: RE: connecticut gardener favorites
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 15-Jul-02 04:32 PM EST

You're a little north of Connecticut on this web site (Canada) but anything we can grow, you should be able to....

Great late summer flowers include classics like Black Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, White Coneflowers, Asters (novae- amgliae, novi-belgii, and others...) and chrysanthemums. Helenium and coreopsis are good late season flowers. Shasta daisies are in bloom now and will stop blooming about the time that the late summer flowers above take over. My Malva sylvestris is blooming spectacularly now in shades of rose-purple and blue-purple and will continue to bloom until frost - very showy plants...! Lavender is a good mid-late summer flower to make a transition between the early summer and fall gardens. Reblooming types of daylilies are handy in the garden, especially some of the minature types. My favorite late bloomers are Kamchatka Bugbane (Cimicifuga simplex), which doesn't start blooming until October in my garden; other types of Cimicifugas bloom earlier, and Japanese anemones, blooming in whites and delicate pinks. They spread a bit, so put them somewhere where they have room. Hydrangea shrubs are invaluable sources of late season color - I prefer the paniculata types to the ones with big, round balls of flowers. Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is another invaluable late flowering shrub.

There are lots of things that will carry you through to frost. Look around ar your neighbour's gardens or local public gardens for more ideas...

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