Autumn the grey season? Not at all! The Indian Summer can be realised in any garden with selected plants and autumnal colourful decoration.
Yellow, orange, red and various shades of green and brown spread out. Anyone who can observe this play of colours in the garden from September knows that the Indian Summer is moving in. Summer is moving on and autumn is shining in all its splendour. If you don’t want to miss the typical autumn fireworks in the garden, you can get the right planting and the right equipment in the garden. This article is intended to reveal how the garden will be suitable for autumn.
The Who-is-who of the most popular autumn plants
Even though the beginning of the autumn calendar was on 23 September, this does not necessarily mean that the splendour of colours in the garden is coming to an end. The following examples show which autumn plants delight the garden owner with their splendour.
Rose weights, smooth leaf buttons and predatory leaf buttons are three types of anemones that thrive in the garden in autumn – and immerse it in a colourful splendour of colour. The above sequence should also be followed when planting, because rose weights are – as the name suggests – the smallest and should be in the front row.
The colourfulness is not only particularly good above a mulch cover, but also helps to keep the soil moist. And so do the asters. Butterflies, bumblebees and bees appreciate the asters as a source of food.
From September to November is the best time for Chrysanthemums. This plant is available in many colours. A special feature are their flower buds, which only develop when day and night are about the same length. By the way, the plant is very easy to mislead. A plant pot or foil signals the beginning of autumn – and makes the chrysanthemum blossom.
Dahlias often bloom until the first frost. Garden soil and a little compost from time to time are the breeding grounds that the dahlia particularly appreciates. A humid climate and supportive bamboo poles that give them support are the friends of the dahlias.
✿ Autumn Violets
Autumn villas are usually planted from September to October. In the colours purple, brown and orange they defy the winter. Even when it gets bitterly cold, they only leave their exhilarating flowers hanging for a short time and then stretch their heads again as temperatures rise. From the frost, however, they recover again only in the spring.
✿ Lamp cleaner grass
This plant owes its name to the inflorescences, which appear in late summer and can grow up to 30 centimetres long. The bristly, feathery look also looks particularly beautiful in autumn and winter. They are often planted together with asters.
Skimmies are a real eye-catcher in autumn and winter. The leaves are evergreen, from October the red flower buds of Skimmia japonica shine. Originally the Skimmie comes from the Japanese mountains and still likes it today as cold as it was there.
The marigold is the garden owner’s friend, because it helps to divert the attention of the snails away from the vegetable bed. Or, to put it another way: planting the marigolds in the vegetable bed attracts snails and makes it easy to collect them there. The marigold is an annual plant. It is also known as the “Turkish carnation” or the “student flower”.
Observe planting tips in advance
In order to be able to enjoy a colourful splendour of plants in autumn, a few small tricks have to be considered in advance. “Autumn flowering plants should be planted in the beeth-background so that they do not cover the summer flowering plants. Smaller, now faded summer shrubs can remain standing, providing an interesting foreground. Summer flowers that are too high should be cut back. A rule of thumb says: “You leave half as much distance to the next plant as the perennial grows high,” says this plant guide with its many pictures. Besides it applies to consider these Tipps on the way into an autumnal garden.
- A mulching process helps to keep the bed loose and moist and prevents weeds from germinating.
- Perennials that bloom in spring can be divided in autumn. This rejuvenates and multiplies the perennials in one wash. A backcut is not necessary.
- In order to give the newly planted perennials a good start, the roots must be cleared of soil and weeds. Before they come into the well loosened earth, dive briefly into the water. The hole should be twice the size of the root ball.
Experience the Indian Summer with the right garden furniture
To enjoy the colourful Indian Summer in the garden, you don’t just need a green thumb and a few tips on plant selection. The facility must also be switched to autumn mode. And it goes like this:
❶ Patterned woollen blankets and cushions are draped on the garden chairs and loungers, which not only provide cosiness, but also keep you warm when a rough autumn breeze blows. The beach chair can also be fitted out accordingly. The garden furniture thus becomes a cosy place from which the arrival of autumn can be heralded.
❷ For decoration purposes, candles are placed in tall glasses. These prevent the romantic candlelight from simply being blown out by the autumn wind. Also lanterns similar candlesticks fit very well to this season.
❸ Natural decoration made of willow is now well placed on the autumn table. Those who have covered the terrace can decorate the wickerwork with coloured leaves and even leave it there.
Who would like can think already in the autumn of the animals and set up appropriate small houses. Nature conservationists advise that this be done early so that the animals can also get used to a bird house or a food pillar providing food for them. If these are only hung up when the ground is already frozen, the birds may have already found a source of food elsewhere.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.