September is quite an interesting month when it comes to flowers and berries.
There are a few flowers that have been thriving all summer and will continue to flaunt their colors into Fall. One of my favorites of this type is physostegia (Obedient Flower). This flower has beautiful blooms and is very easy to care for (too easy, in fact!). It does well in moist soil, but can spread rapidly in boggy areas. This plant gets its nick name because the stems can be bent in any direction and will stay put -- very fun to watch and it's a treat to use in a floral arrangement. Pollinators, particularly bumble bees, love them, too. It's a win-win! Plant some next spring.
|Physostegia (Obedient Flowers)|
Some summer flowers have very attractive seed heads at the end of the flowering cycle. Echinacea (Cornflower) is one such flowers; the seed heads add an interesting dimension to a floral arrangement. This is a plus for anyone who likes to make flower arrangements, because when you refresh your arrangement (see Autumn Glory - Simple Elegance Post), if the flowers no longer look perky, you can just pull the petals off, and voila! you have something different to create your new arrangement with. My favorite is the Pow Wow Wild Berry Cornflower (see picture below). Echinacea plants are very easy to grow and require very little care. Pollinators love these flowers, too. Another win-win! Plant some of these next spring.
|Echinacea purpurea (Pow Wow Wild Berry Cornflower)|
While adding striking colors to our landscape, some berries are also a great food source for wildlife. Two of my favorites are pyracantha (Firethorn) and callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry). In our garden in Virginia, these berries begin displaying their colors in early September, and the colors intensify as the cold weather sets in. The Beautyberry leaves drop off in the late Fall, leaving behind a stunning display of deep purple berries. The Firethorn berries stay bright into winter, adding much needed color to a muted landscape. They are also great to bring indoors for holiday decoration. Note that Firethorn has very sharp thorns; hence the name. Carefully snip off the thorns before you handle them. Firethorn and Beautyberries are very easy to grow and require very little care. Wild animals also love them; they are much needed food during the cold months. Still another win-win! Plant some of these next spring, too.
|Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)|
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