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Calendula Flower

The Calendula flower also known as pot marigold is the October birth month flower. They begin to grow in the summer, and last throughout the fall.

They bloom in colors of orange and yellow. They are a member of the daisy family. They even slightly resemble a daisy. Except that they bloom in yellow and orange.

Calendula Flower

Calendula Flower

They have a circular center surrounded by layers of petals. Some have one layer, while other can have two or more layers of petals.

Pot marigolds can either make a good garden flower, or even a good container flower. I have even seen some people use them in their window boxes.

Calendula also works well as cut flowers because they grow upon long stems. They can be anywhere from 12 inches to 30 inches tall. They would look really pretty in a fall arrangement used to decorate your house.

They really bring a touch of fall to your home, inside and out.

Besides being used as floral decorations, the petals of the Pot Marigold flower can be used for cooking. Many people use the petals to sprinkle over rice or potatoes. The petals can also be used as a substitute for saffron.

Calendula Flowers

Calendula Flowers

To start growing this flower, you can either start from seeds, or from store bought plants that have already begun to grow. Remember, this plant grows in the fall. Therefore they will grow best in cooler temperatures.

If Calendula flowers are planted in an area that is too hot, they will not continue to grow.

If you are starting from seeds, start them indoors towards the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Use a potting soil that has some moisture. Keep the soil moist and keep the seeds covered. They grow better in the darkness of the soil.

Once you see the seeds beginning to grow leaves, transfer the plant outdoors. After they are planted, water them, as they need it.

Some insects do like to nibble on the flower and the leaves. Spray with an insecticide, and you plant should grow just fine.

The only sad thing about his flower is that they are annuals. So they will not return the next year. Don’t worry however, they are so easy to grow and take care of that you can plant them again the next year on your own.

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Brunnera Macrophylla

Brunnera Macrophylla also known as Siberian Bugloss is a member of the perennial family. It blooms from the middle of spring until the end of spring.

This plant has great big bright green leaves that are accompanied by tiny light blue flowers.

After the flowers die off for the season, the leaves remain. The leaves look huge compared to the size of the flowers!

When you see this plant you may notice the leaves first. They are very large in size, but they look beautiful. Even if they never bloomed flowers, this plant would still be a great plant to look at.

Out from the giant leaves, grow tiny thin stems. Along these stems grow the little light blue flowers.

Planting this perennial in your garden will surely brighten even the darkest spots.

This plant can grow to be about 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall.

Once you plant it, it will spread. It grows out and will fill up any space.

If you are thinking of planting Siberian Bugloss, plant the plants 1 to 1 1/2 feet apart. Remember it spreads!

The good thing with this plant is that it will grow in areas with full shade, partial shade, or even full sun. It is a very versatile plant.

Plant it in well-drained soil that is kept very moist.

This plant can be propagated in the fall. Just divide the plant and plant it in an area that you would like more to grow.

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Boltonia

Boltonia is a flower that is not very well known. Or perhaps they are well known, just not by their name.

They bear a strong resemblance to Daisies and certain species of the Aster plant. Like a Daisy they have the same yellow disc in the center and are surrounded by flat white petals. Boltonia also grows in a lovely shade of pink.

This is definitely one of falls more easily maintained plants. They are easy to grow and just as easy to care for.

While they do prefer to be in a spot with full sun, they aren’t picky about the type of soil they are to be planted in. So when deciding on a spot to begin planting, just make sure it receives a lot of good fall sun!

They do tend to grow out a bit wildly so a good place to put them could be in a bed of their own. They are not however limited to a solo flower bed. You can mix then with other fall flowers or even use them as a border along a walkway. The choice is yours.

When you find your spot and are ready to begin planting, set each plant about 2 to 3 feet apart. First you will notice the lovely leaves blooming and then the flowers shortly follow suit.

They usually grow in the months of September through October. Depending on how warm of a climate you live in, they sometimes can live all the way through to November.

The flowers will grow to a nice height of 3 or 4 feet tall. Even though they can be pretty tall, this plant doesn’t need to be staked.

I recommend planting this as a fall flower simply because it is beautiful to look at, and easy to grow and maintain!

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Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) is a summer flower that has about 30 different species. They can be perennials, annuals, or even biennials. They resemble the daisy and come in a small variety of bright colors.

Gaillardia grows in shades of yellow, red, orange, and mahogany. They either grow in one color, or two. Some have a yellow outer edge with an orange burst in the center.

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower

The leaves on the flowers are a bright green shade, and have toothed or fringed edges.

If you live in a super hot region, then this flower is perfect for your garden. It is very tolerant of hot temperatures. It actually thrives during bursts of summer sun and heat.

This plant may get its name because of the way it grows. They grow to be about 3 feet tall and cover the ground below them like a blanket.

While Gaillardia does not live as long as one might like it too, it is a flower that reseeds itself: if it is a biennial or perennial.

If you decide to grow this flower, begin to plant the seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the warm spring weather. In order for the seeds to grow, they should be in light. Plant them in moist soil and keep them in a well-lit area that is kept at room temperature.

Once you begin to see the plant growing, you can then transfer it outdoors. They are usually ready to be replanted when you see leaves.

You do not have to start this plant by seed. You can also plant a pre purchased flower. Just plant it in well-drained soil when the weather gets warmer, and watch it grow.

If your flower begins to grow out of control, cut it back. This will also help it to regrow at its best the next season.

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Black Eyed Susan

The Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) sprouts it’s seed in the middle of summer. Once summer has arrived, you will begin to see this flower growing towards the end of July. It sometimes can grow well into the fall, depending on climate, soil, and nature.

Black Eyed Susan vines are bright yellow flowers that have a distinct black center. They will spread throughout the flowerbed and really add a certain brightness to the end of summer.

Black Eyed Susan Vine

Black Eyed Susan

They have very strong stems that will hold them upright. They will never fall over due to the strength of the stem. They do not need to be supported with any kind of staking.

There are about 50 different species of this flower and one thing they have in common is that they all have a bright yellow blossom. The centers however, are not always black. They can also be red or green.

This perennial flower just happens to be the Maryland state flower. Definitely a beautiful flower to have representing your state!

Rudbeckia’s are easy to grow and will continue to come back every year. As I have said earlier, they are a perennial plant. The Black Eyed Susan grows well in a flowerbed all by itself. While you can have other flowers around them, they do not need it. They put on a beautiful show all on their own.

In order to start the growing process, make sure you are planting them in fertile soil with very good drainage.

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

If you live in colder regions, plant the flower in the springtime. If you live in a warmer climate, then you could begin planting the flower in the fall months.

These plants will reseed themselves every year. Once they begin to grow, some of the plants may die off, but then, due to the reseeding, they will begin to grow again.

If you have your Rudbeckia planted in the sun, do not worry; they are great plants for sunny spots. Just make sure to water them regularly. If your soil is moist, then you do not have to water them as often. Only on an as needed basis.

The only problems you may come into contact with would be mildew on the leaves. When you see mildew, you can cut the plants to stop the growing of the mildew. Then they will continue to grow, as they should.

While this usually is not a problem until the end of its growing season, just make sure to cut the plants that have it so that it doesn’t become a bigger problem.

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