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The fall season is all around us here in Zeeland, Michigan at Garden Crossings. The leaves are just starting to change color, the landscapes are looking tired, but there are still a few signs of summer all around us. There are a couple annuals that still have outstanding color despite being hit by several early frosts. One in particular that really stood out to me this weekend (10/1) was Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens. The deep yellow flowers still looked just as nice as they did when they were first planted. And the mass of blooms has been a constant all season long also. Even the foliage is still green and lush. I will be perfectly honest here, these have not seen much fertilizer either for the past month or more. I have been really impressed by the performance of Goldilocks Rocks™, one thing in my mind that really makes a great annual is when it last well past the season it is intended for. And here in Michigan, if you can keep your annuals looking good until Labor Day you should get a gold star for your efforts. Now I will follow that comment up with if you put the effort into your plants your will get the outcome that all home owners with plants desire. My top 3 tips for annual longevity… Fertilizer!!! every 10-14 days, water consistently, and give them a good hard ‘haircut’ when needed!
Today when I was at The MSU Kent County extension office I saw this most amazing Astilbe. Astilbe Color Flash Lime was showing off! The multi colored foliage was super striking and caught me in my tracks. Astilbe are great for your part sun locations and prefer to be kept on the moist side. Color Flash Lime has amazing lime green foliage that turns colors of the sunset with a little sun exposure. The pale pink blooms are a beautiful contrast. Astilbe are a long blooming perennial with the added bonus of being deer and rabbit resistant.
Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’
It is no shock that this new Tall Garden Phlox has been added to the Proven Winners Perennial line new for Fall 2011.
Starting off Phlox Shockwave has a shocking interest! The variegated foliage has a wow factor all of it’s own. The striking contrast of the deep green and bright yellow foliage is amazing. The 12-18″ upright habit of this new tall Phlox is compact enough for most gardens yet stands tall enough to steal the show. The fragrant lilac flowers of Shockwave compliment well with the green and yellow foliage. Shockwave is a new introduction to the Proven Winner Perennial line for Fall of 2011.
I have really been impressed with the Phlox Shockwave that I have in my garden, above the picture shows your the beautiful contrast of colors. And below is a picture before it started to bloom, the foliage, like I said, has enough color of its own.
Did you know that Proven Winners is introducing a new line up of perennials this fall? One of my favorites in this new collection is Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream‘. ‘Banana Cream’ is a unique Shasta daisy because it is a butter yellow. The large blooms open up a deep yellow color and then slowly fade out to white as the bloom matures. Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream‘ is a profuse bloomer leaving you with color all summer long. To help with the increased bloom time it is recommended to dead head spent blooms.
Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley‘ ( False Spirea) is a long lived perennial that displays lavender pink spikes that sit high above its foliage. ‘Maggie Daley‘ blooms early to mid summer. Astilbe grow is full shade to full sun, but note that a part shade location with moist soil is where they are best suited. Dryness is not in the best interest of Astilbe.