Fall Flowers and Plants

Aster Flower

The Aster flower is a daisy like flower, they look like little star bursts, opening up into a beautiful bloom. There are many different species, so you need to make sure you are growing the kind you like best.

Aster Flowers

Aster Flowers

Asters are the September birth month flower. They begin to grow at the end of summer, and continue to grow into fall. They are a great flower to have in the autumn months. As autumn days begin to get shorter and colder, the flower is a great plant to look at and remind you of the warmer summer months. They really do brighten up a fall flowerbed.

The best thing about this beautiful fall flower; is that it is a perennial flower. That means they will grow back year after year!

The perennial Asters can be grouped into three different species. They are known to some by their common name, Michaelmas daisy.

Michaelmas daisies are so easy to plant and care for. Anyone can do it. They can be planted in any soil type, and just need a lot of sun and a lot of water. Water them fairly regularly.

Aster Flower Meaning

A symbol of love and patience.

Aster Flower Types

The three varieties of flower to choose from are: Aster frikartii, A. novae-angliae, and A. novi-belgii.

Aster

Aster

Aster Frikartii

The Aster Frikartii grows in a purple aster color and has a great strong smell. They grow about 2 to 3 feet tall.

A. novae-angliae

This species comes in pink aster and purple aster colors. They can grow to be as tall as 5 feet. This plant is known as the New England aster.

A. novi-belgii

Known as the New York aster, comes in colors like white aster, pink aster, and purple aster. They can grow anywhere from about 1 foot to 4 feet tall.

Aster Flower Care

These plants are very easy to plant. It is easiest to start out with purchased plants. Simply place the plants in any average soil, and water them daily. Give them lots of sun, with a little bit of shade. After this plant grows for a few years, it can begin to look over grown. If this happens to you, dig up some of the plants, divide and replant them. This really is a great plant to have. They are so easy to take care of, and they make for a gorgeous fall flowerbed.

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Thanksgiving Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera) is a perennial houseplant that blooms every fall. If you think you might like to grow one, they are fairly simple to grow and make for a wonderful centerpiece for your holiday table.

In order to grow Schlumbergera, plant it in a well-drained soil mix and place the pot in a window that gets a lot of light. The cactus needs to be in a room where the temperatures are at least 70 degrees.

Water the plant about once or so every week. If the leaves look a little dry, then that is a sign that it needs watering.

Once the plant begins to grow, you will notice the stems first. In the beginning they grow straight up. Then once they reach a certain height the stems begin to arch.

As the stems grow longer they begin to branch out also.

The leaves on this cactus are a nice lush green color and have tooth-like edges. The edges of the leaves look sharp and pointy like teeth.

Once the flowers begin to grow, they are very light and dainty looking. They come in colors like pink, red, and white. The flowers only last for a short time, but the plant itself sets so many buds that it can continue to bloom more flowers again and again.

While the flowers grow in the fall, this plant can last all throughout the year. In the summer place the plant outdoors and it can live outdoors until the first few cool nights in fall.

When the weather gets cool at night, it is time to bring the plant back indoors. The plant will grow in the fall through to the spring. Then in the winter the plant will stop growing for a brief period.

When it stops its growth in the winter, water the plant when the leaves begin to look like they are dying. If they look withered, water the plant. Then in the summer to fall months begin to water the plant more regularly so it will start to bud.

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Sternbergia

Sternbergia begins to grow in the beginning of fall. While it only grows until about October, it is a beautiful, warm-colored fall flower.

Plant the bulbs in September. You should plant each bulb about 4 inches deep and about 6 inches apart.

The bulbs should be placed in well-drained soil in a spot that receives a good amount of sun. The bulbs need lots of moist, but you want to make sure the soil has good drainage because otherwise the bulbs will rot.

In the winter, if you live in a really cold climate, you will want to cover the soil above the bulbs with leaves or some type of mulch to protect the bulbs. Otherwise it will be too cold and they may not grow the following fall.

When the plant is ready to bloom, it will send up its stems straight up and out of the ground. The stems only reach about 8 inches above the ground.

The flowers are a nice gold/yellow fall color. They actually resemble crocuses when they begin to grow.

At first growth the flowers are cup shaped, like crocuses. Then once the warm sun hits them, they spread out and really open up. If you have the chance to grow these plants, they really are a nice welcome to the fall.

Besides being pretty to look at, it is a very tough flower. Where most flowers will wilt and die in certain temperatures, the plant is tough enough to deal in most temperatures.

This is definitely one of falls better flowers. They are low maintenance, durable, and great to look at!

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Snapdragon Flowers

Snapdragon flowers (Antirrhinum) are one of summers most bright and colorful flowers. Growing in colors of bright reds, pinks, oranges, purples, white and yellow, the Snapdragon is a great flower to have to brighten up you garden.

When in full bloom, they look like spikes shooting up from the ground with colorful bell shaped flower heads growing from each stem. More than one flower grows on each stem.

Snapdragon Flowers

Snapdragon Flowers

The colors are so vivid and bright that from far away they almost look plastic.

Along with the beautiful bright colors, the foliage that grows along with the flowers are also bright and beautiful. The leaves are a darker shade of bright green that make a nice balance with the color of the flowers.

This plant also has a wonderfully sweet scent. This really is a perfect summer flower. Bright wonderful colors, sweet smelling fragrances, and luscious green foliage make this plant a must have.

They come in both perennial and annual forms. The annual plants seem to last longer than the perennial Snapdragons. The perennial ones are subject to frost and disease in the winter and often die.

Snapdragons are easy going plants that are very low maintenance. They can grow in areas of either full sun or partial shade. They like to be planted in rich soil, and they also prefer a cooler summer to a hot one.

Start planting the seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Once all signs of frost have gone away, you can transplant the seeds outdoors.

The flowers will grow on their own with help from the sun and soil. All you have to do is to pick off the dead flowers on the stem as you start to see them.

Snapdragons range in height from 9 inches small all the way to 32 inches tall. How much space you give them can have something to do with their height.

This plant is one of my summertime favorites. Enjoy the colors and the wonderful scents this flower has to offer!

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Petunia Flowers

Petunia flowers are one of summer’s popular annual flowers. They are a very delicate looking plant from the leaves all the way to the blossoms.

The flowers come in mainly girly colors such as reds, pinks and purples. They do however, come in other colors as well.

Petunia Flower

Petunia Flower

Some Petunias are all one color, while others can be two colors of the same shade. The outer portion of the petals is a paler shade of color, while from the center and spreading out along the flower’s petals is a deeper shade of the color.

The petals are very delicate looking and the shape of this flower kind of makes me think of seashells. It is a funnel shaped flower, but to me, I see seashells!

The leaves are also very delicate looking. They are a bright mint green color, and several leaves grow along a thin stem.

This plant is a very versatile plant that looks great anywhere you choose to grow it. You can arrange them in a flowerbed, use some Petunias for a window box, or even grow them in pots that you arrange on a front porch.

Basically, do what you want with them, grow them wherever you want, and you will have a fabulous summer flower.

Petunias

Petunias

Begin to plant your Petunias at the end of spring or the beginning of summer. If you are planting seeds, start them indoors about 10 weeks before the last frost. I tend to begin growing my seeds in March.

Plant the seeds over top of the potting soil, but do not cover them. Make sure the potting soil is moist.

Keep them on a window that gets a decent amount of sun, and do not transplant them into pots until you begin to see seedlings.

After you plant them in pots, keep them indoors until frost season is over. Once it’s safe outside, plant the flowers in the ground, water theme regularly and watch them grow!

When Petunias begin to die, the dead blossoms sort of just hang around. Check you plant regularly to remove any dead flowers.

Other then that, water it regularly and that’s about all the maintenance required. Enjoy your pretty summer plant!

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