Keep your garden going strong this fall

Your Garden 09-10-16

(NEWS CENTER) -- Fall is settling in, but the gardening season is not over.  In fact Tom Estabrook of Estabrook's in Yarmouth says Fall is the only time he plants.  Newly planted plants in the fall need less water and establish roots more quickly because of the cooler nights. He highlights some of his favorite plants for fall color and more attracting pollinators.
 Agastache called "Blue Fortune." cut it back in that timeframe and it will bloom again in late August or early September. 
 Helenium:  You could have powdery mildew issues, so you don't want it in a really crowded garden. But the  orange and yellow colors are  vibrant.   It can be a big plant 3 to 4 feet tall, and 5 feet around.
 Fall Astors: These are perennials. This is called Woods Purple.
 Echinacea: This is Cheyenne Spirit. It has a mix of oranges, yellows and purples all mixed on one plant. 
 Plumbago or Leadwort: It is tough to get blue in the fall, but this is one of those silent plants that just shows up in the fall. Does nothing all season long and then late summer it shows up. Beautiful read the fall color on this plant. So you get a blue flower and then red foliage late season.
Roses: All of your varieties of roses, if they were deadheaded in August, you will continue to get flowers all season long. Not a lot of extra fertilizer on these in the fall but a great addition to your garden.
Caryopteris or  Blue Mist spirea:  Another late season blue flower. Long blossom  and gray foliage so  it's a nice accent all summer long. 
And don't forget Sedum and Butterfly Bushes.

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