Spring and summer tend to steal the glory when it comes to flowering plants, but there are many awe-inducing flowers that continue to bloom in autumn or even begin blooming in autumn. Gardening with flowers that are available in autumn is a rewarding pastime that helps the garden stay colorful for as long as possible.
False plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is a low growing deciduous perennial native to Western China. The plant has much to offer a garden, from bright green leaves to true blue flowers, which appear in flushes throughout the summer and well into autumn. False plumbago, also called dwarf plumbago, only reaches a height of about a foot and a half, making it ideal for ground cover. The plant prefers a well draining soil, and either full sunlight or partial sunlight depending on the climate. The plant should be given a little afternoon shade if planted somewhere that has blazing hot summers. False plumbago should be watered frequently during the growing season.
Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) is a frost-tender perennial that has a clumping, shrub-like appearance. A native of Madagascar, the periwinkle reaches a size of about 1 to 3 feet and is a common sight in flower beds and borders. The plant's flowers vary in color depending on the cultivar, and may be a delicate shade of peach or a pale shade of blue or lavender. The plant also offers bushy deep green leaves. Madagascar periwinkle flowers throughout summer and autumn with its small silky flowers, making it popular with those who want a little late season color. Madagascar periwinkle is best suited to a well draining, fertile soil that is watered occasionally. The plant may be grown in full sunlight or partial shade.
Mexican Bush Sage
Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) is an evergreen sub-shrub that is a member of the mint family. Originally native to Central America and Mexico, the sage is notable for its late blooming purple or lavender flowers, which seem to appear all at once in fall. The plant grows to be several feet high, producing thin green leaves and columns of small blooms. Mexican bush sage is ideal for those looking for a low maintenance addition to a butterfly garden or mixed hedge border. Mexican bush sage looks its best in full sunlight, in a well drained, sandy soil. The plant is somewhat drought tolerant, but may need supplemental watering during especially hot summers.