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Fall offers a second season for adding perennials to your garden.
Many gardeners work long hours in the spring months, feverishly planting a variety of bulbs, wildflowers, and perennials for spectacular summer color. But packing all of your planting into several weeks per year isn’t always the most relaxing — or beneficial to your landscape. Succession planting refers to the simple practice of adding wildflowers, bulbs, perennials, and vegetables to your garden in a staggered timeframe throughout the season, for a long-lasting display of color, harvests that are spread out, and well-timed resources for local wildlife. As you’ll see in the comprehensive list below, planting isn’t just for spring!
If you didn’t get around to planting annual wildflowers in the spring, or want to create a long-lasting display of easy color, you can still plant quick-blooming annuals in the summer months. Depending on your region, you can plant easy-to-grow, quick-blooming annual wildflowers well into July.
Zinnias and Cosmos are quick-blooming annuals great for summer planting.
Some of our Favorite Quick-Blooming Annual Wildflowers For Summer Succession Planting:
When planting wildflowers in the summer months, make sure to regularly water the area until seedlings are at least 6” tall. After this, watering weekly should be enough to supplement regular rainfall.
Although August can sometimes be one of the hottest months of the season, it is actually the perfect time to plant Fall-Flowering Crocus. These quick-blooming, easy-to-grow bulbs bloom in just weeks and offer up late season blooms that are a great resource for pollinators (and the gardener who’s just not quite ready for winter).
Colchicum bulbs can be planted in August for blooms starting in just weeks.
Fall-Flowering Crocus come in elegant shades of pink, white, and purple, and can be planted in the front border of beds (they only get 6-8” tall). They are also a great candidate for adding fall color to containers on patios, balconies, decks, and stairways.
One of the most popular Fall-Flowering Crocus is Saffron Crocus, which produces lovely purple blooms in the fall. The tiny red stigmas can be harvested and used fresh (or dried) as a spice in your favorite culinary dishes. Yes, this is the same expensive spice that you see in specialty stores and it’s actually quite easy to grow and harvest on your own.
Learn all about growing and harvesting Saffron Crocus for spice.
August is the perfect time to plant Bearded Iris because plants are typically dormant during the extreme heat, making them easy to plant.
August is the second season (besides spring) to add Bearded Iris to the garden. August-planted Bearded Iris rhizomes acclimate to your garden quicker and grow bigger in their first full season, often blooming in their first spring. Why is this? Bearded Iris, even re-bloomers, are typically dormant during the August heat. When a plant is dormant, it's in a suspended state and not actively growing, conserving all of its energy for the future. This is a perfect time to add plant, move or divide existing plants that are getting overcrowded.
Learn how to divide and replant Bearded Iris in August.