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Autumn Crocus

The Autumn Crocus (Crocus) definitely resembles its close relative: the spring Crocus. They have many similarities.

They are a low growing flower that looks best when used as a border for other autumn flowers. They usually only grow to be about 4 inches high, just like the spring cultivars.

Autumn Crocus

Autumn Crocus

Another similarity between the two Crocuses is their shape. As they come up from the ground, the petals start to open little by little. Once they are fully open they look like they’re yawning!

What I mean is that the petals open, but not too wide, and they arch back slightly and look like someone who is yawning. The leaves are like bright green shears of grass.

The leaves are actually the first telltale sign that Crocuses are coming.

The really great thing about this flower is the colors they grow in. While many people think of browns, beiges, and earth tones as fall colors, this flower grows in wonderful purple and lilac colors.

As a border for plants of neutral colors, the bright purples really make a fall garden pop.

To make sure your flowers grow in the fall, you will want to plant them either towards the end of July or in August. Space them apart about 3-6 inches because they do spread out like their spring counterparts.

As long as you plant them in a spot with full sun and well-drained soil you should have no problems growing this plant. It is a very low maintenance plant. So just sit back and enjoy the bright pop of color in your autumn gardens.

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Astilbe

Astilbe is a plant that you don’t usually see too often. Native to Japan and China, this plant blooms in the summer time.

This perennial flower comes in a variety of summery colors. Lilac, white, pink and red, are the common colors of this plant.

Astilbe Flower

Astilbe Flower

This plant grows in the summer, but it doesn’t do very well in the hot summer sun. If you choose to grow this flower, make sure you have a shady spot picked out. If you live in a region where the summer season isn’t very hot, then you can plant it in the sun.

It’s simple to remember: if you live in a hot region, plant in the shade, if you live in a cooler region, it will be fine in the sun.

Once the flower begins to grow, you will see that it resembles feathers. Soft looking feather like blossoms grow among bright green foliage. The leaves have teeth like edges, and are a wonderfully bright color of green.

Once it is in full bloom, it really makes for a wonderful looking flower!

They can grow to be about 3 feet high. They make a lovely addition to a summer garden. Perhaps as a border to a garden of geraniums or daylilies.

One of the great things about this plant is that it can grow for a good portion of the summer. It isn’t a flower that just blooms and then goes away before you even blink.

As the fall begins to approach, the once colorful blossoms turn a shade of brown. The plant then hangs around through the winter months. It is a decorative plant for all the seasons.

Astilbe

Astilbe

You can however, decide to cut the flowers before they turn brown, and bring them inside to use as a centerpiece. They will not last as long cut though as they do in the ground.

If you have decided to give these flowers a chance, and grow them in your garden, here is what you need to do.

We already discussed where to plant them on how the temperature is in you town, state, or country.

The next thing to do is to make sure you have an area where the soil is moist. Dig a hole about 4 inches deep. Put the plant in the hole, and then throw in some mulch almost up to the top. Leave a little bit of room and surround the plant with the soil.

Since this is a perennial plant, it will grow each year. Fertilize the plant each spring to promote wonderful growth.

You do not need to water this plant daily. Water it so much that the soil looks very wet and dark. Let it dry up before you water it again. Then repeat each time it needs watering.

This is a very low maintenance plant. Enjoy this plant in the summer months, and throughout the year!

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Anemone

The Anemone also known as windflowers are part of the buttercup family. There are about 120 different species of this plant.

They tend to bloom in the spring and in the fall. They come in many bright colors such as red, purple, white and pink. My favorite is the pink windflower.

Windflower

Windflower

Some popular types of Anemone flowers are the Grecian windflower, which is a tuberous plant that you will find in white, pink, or blue. They grow in early spring and range from 6 to 8 inches tall. They need to be kept in a sunny spot.

There is a Snowdrop version that also blooms in the springtime. They grow to be about a foot tall and have beautiful white flowers. They are a herbaceous perennial that can grow best in the shade.

The wood windflower is another type of this flower that grows mostly in North America. It blooms white flowers with a hint of pink, and grows to be anywhere from 4 to 12 inches tall.

Windflowers need to be planted in a well-drained area with nutritious soil. They need to be watered regularly as they will not survive in a drought. While all of them grow differently, most windflowers should be planted in the fall in order to grow in the spring.

The tubers of the Grecian needs to be soaked first, and then planted at about 2 to 3 inches deep.

The snowdrop can be planted in fall or spring in warmer climates, and in the spring in cooler climates.

All of these flowers are beautiful and unique in their own way. Make sure you know which ones grow best in your area.

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African Violet Plants

African Violet Plants (Saintpaulia) are perennial flowers that are native to eastern Africa. They are winter flowers that grow well indoors. These plants do not survive outside in most climates throughout the United States therefore they should not be planted outdoors. They require consistent temperatures between 65 to 75 F. You want to avoid getting them too cold or too hot.

The leaves of this plant are a soft furry texture. They are larger than the actual flowers, and oval shaped. Most of the leaves grow in either a medium or darker shade of green.

The petals of the African Violet flower feel like soft buttery velvet. The plants grow in colors of purple, pink, white, blue, red, yellow, and cream.

Some of the flowers grow in two or more colors. They can also grow to be single, double, or semi double shaped. The petals can also be rounded, ruffled or fringed.

African Violet Plants

African Violet Plants

Sometimes the petals are shaped in five flat petals, or five cupped petals. Certain African Violet plants have a white outer edging on the petals.

African Violet Care

It is easy to learn how to grow African Violets however care is important so if you grow this plant outdoors it can only survive in temperatures between 65 and 75 F. If the weather gets too hot or too cold, the plant will begin to wilt. Since this plant is very fragile to temperature it is recommended to only grow it indoors.

When planting African Violets in a container make sure it is 1/3 the diameter of the plant. You  do not want to use a container that is too large for the plant. Make sure the plant is placed in soiless potting mix which is well-drained.

Once per year you will need to repot your African Violet in either the same container or a new container. If you use a new container make sure it is the same size as the previous one.

When growing your African Violet plants indoors, make sure you give it either filtered sunlight or place it under fluorescent lights. You don’t want it to get too much light. Just enough for it to be comfortable and grow well.

African Violets

African Violets

If you are using artificial light about 12 to 15 hours a day is plenty, keep the light around 10 inches above the plant. If the plant is receiving too much light you will be able to tell by the way the plant is growing and reacting to the light.

The plant will not bloom right, and the leaves will droop and begin to yellow, they will also have a burned looking edge on the leaves. This means you are giving it too much light.

Too little light is also a concern, the plant will not flower properly and the leaves will turn a dark color.

African Violets also do best in a humid environment.

Watering African Violets

When the plant begins to grow, it only requires water once every few days. You will be able to tell by the texture of the soil. If it feels dry to the touch, then give it some water. If it feels moist, do not water it.

Fertilizer

You should add a liquid fertilizer every two weeks.

African Violet Plants Come in Many Sizes

African Violets are classified into five different sizes according to their diameter.

  • Micro-miniature – This is the smallest size at only 3 inches or less in diameter
  • Miniature – 3 to 6 inches in diameter
  • Semi-Miniature – 6 to 8 inches in diameter
  • Standard  – 8 to 16 inches in diameter
  • Large – 16 inches or more in diameter

You have many choices in sizes with the African Violet, so pick the type that will best fit the area where you want to keep the flower. African Violets are not very tall since they have very short stems.

Enjoy the African Violet house plant during the winter. If you take good care of it, it can last you a very long time.

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