It's Not Too Late to Enjoy Your Garden! Native Plants Bring Pops of Color Throughout Fall

It's Not Too Late to Enjoy Your Garden! Native Plants Bring Pops of Color Throughout Fall

With summer fading and fall coming on, you might be missing those splashes of color in your garden that brightened your day. The good news is that you still have time to liven up your landscaping.

Admittedly, fall is not the ideal time to plant, but that said, you can have success by choosing the right plants. One benefit of buying late in the season – saving money! Garden centers are looking to unload their inventory, so you can get more plants for less money. As you shop for discounted plants, make sure you’re buying perennials. They’re the ones that come back year after year. Nothing busts a budget faster than annuals that must be replaced every year.

Saving on your fall purchases is immediate. But gardening is a long game, so here’s a tip that will pay off for years to come: plant native species. Native plants have been a topic in gardening circles for a while now, and for good reasons. For starters – and here’s where they benefit your wallet – native plants require less watering and less fertilization because they have adapted to your area’s soil and water conditions. Mother Earth loves them, too. From an ecological perspective, native plants support the bugs, bees, butterflies, and birds in and around your neighborhood.

So, now that you know why to choose native species, let’s take a look at what you could add to your garden for lovely pops of autumn color this fall and in years to come.

Colorful Native Plants at a Glance

PLANT NAME

COLOR

BLOOM PERIOD

SIZE

GROWS BEST IN

Bigleaf Aster

Pale Blue-Violet

Aug-Sept

1-2 in.

Shade & Dry Soil

Black-eyed Susan

Yellow

July-Sept

2-3 in.

Sun & Dry Soil

Goldenrods

Yellow

Sept-Oct

2-4 in.

Sun & Dry Soil

Joe-pye-weed

Purple

Aug-Sept

3-10 in.

Sun & Moist Soil

New England Aster

Purple

Aug-Oct

2-6 in.

Sun & Moist Soil

New York Ironweed

Purple

Aug-Sept

3-6 in.

Sunny & Moist Soil



We’ve only just touched the surface of native plant landscaping in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a comprehensive guide that covers all types of plants, including trees, flowers, and ferns, plus their optimal growing conditions, and much more.

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