Fall Perennial Garden Zone 3 Canada (Images)

punman(Zone 3)September 21, 2011

Often for me in Zone 3, by the third week of September there is not much happening in the perennial garden. We only average 123 frost free days a year. This year we are at 139 frost free days and still no frost but getting close.

I took these pictures on Sept. 21. This is a sunny garden with 10-13 hours of sun average per day from May to August. Drought tolerant is the key.

The plants are not at all rare: Sedum Autumn Joy and Matrona, Globe Thistle, Echinacea Magnus, Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Karl Foerster Reed Grass, Geranium sanguinium striatum.

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So nice! I love the Karl Foerster Reed Grass and sedums! This has been the best year I've ever seen for sedums. They are loaded with blooms.

I am going to get some of the Karl Foerster Reed Grass. I had some I found on the clearance rack but they didn't make it. I only lost a dollar on them. They are so nice. How tall and wide are they? If they are narrow, that is what I need!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 11:06PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

My Autumn Joy has been special this year, too. And COVERED with 'livestock' (honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies of all kinds, and a big assortment of wasp-y critters) constantly!

I'm thinking that I like that globe thistle, more than I thought I would.

It's a lovely, happy garden, punman.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 11:49PM
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punman(Zone 3)

Karl Foerster Reed Grass - My one plant was purchased 6 years ago for $10.49. Over time it has been split so that I now have six plants, ranging in height from 4-6 feet. It seems the more sun - the taller it gets. It does not self-seed and grows slowly. When I say grows slowly I refer to the expansion at the diameter. The ones in my pictures are about 18 inches diameter at the base. I will leave them that way in the winter and in mid spring I will cut them back to 10 inches height and by August they will be back in height to six feet.
I have not lost any of them in that time period and it has been as cold as minus 33 C.
They look great in the winter which is great because our gardens are typically bare from early October until the first part of May.
Not often do I spend more than $7 on perennials but this was a great investment for the price and I would spend that amount again for this plant if I lost it.
I also bought Overdam Feather Reed Grass - very similar but variegated. It has survived and looks okay but has never grown above three feet and has not expanded enough for me to want to attempt to split it yet.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 1:49AM
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What nice photos and gardens. I'm in zone 5, and my coneflowers and rudbeckia are over alraedy. I personally love the "ordinary" flowers -- it's what my garden is full of. I have never been attracted to the new and to my mind sometimes weird. A couple of years ago, there was a thread started by Carl, who posts here too, in "my" forum -- the New England forum called Ordinary Plants in Extraordinary settings. A lot of us added to the thread, some of whom are incredibly accomplished gardeners. I don't know how to attach a link, but here's the address (it's from Google, it's already fallen off the New Eng board). Enjoy


    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 6:52PM
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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

Below is a link to that discussion.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ordinary Plants in Extraordinary Settings New England Forum

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 9:48PM
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Give us a close-up of the echinops. I too like the reed grass punctuating the garden. Great!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 7:10AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

You've certainly made the most of a cold zone. Great combinations, you've proved the point that you don't need fancy new introductions, healthy stalwarts really shine!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 6:50AM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Everything looks lovely. Some great choices on plants.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 9:07AM
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