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RE: How about marigolds, asters, goldenrod for fall color?

  • Subject: RE: [cg] How about marigolds, asters, goldenrod for fall color?
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 10:32:15 -0400


The ball is beginning to roll ( some likes mumm & dahlias, some don't)
Gregg's suggestions sound grand. I wonder what folks in other parts of the
country can do for early September gardens? ( The idea:  a bed of color in
memory of the events of  September 11th.)

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Lecker [mailto:glecker@michaudcooley.com]
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 10:20 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] How about marigolds, asters, goldenrod for fall color?

Greetings from Greg Lecker in Minneapolis,

How about marigolds, asters, and goldenrod for fall color?  There 
are so many varieties of these underrated flowers.  I like the smell 
of marigolds and they are usually quite full by the fall!  Marigolds 
have excellent frost tolerance compared with some annuals.  And, 
if they re-seed, you can almost treat them as perennials.  
Marigolds also require so little water to keep them happy!  Plus a 
neighbor once stopped by to harvest the spent blooms to use in a 
organic dye project.  Mums in Minnesota sometimes don't start 
flowering early enough in the fall for me; not to mention that they 
don't always come back in our cold climate.  Amaranthus, not Love-
lies-bleeding or Jacob's Coat tri-color, but a crimson blooming 
variety that re-seeds very readily is great for the back or center of a 
planting.  It reaches 4 to 5 feet tall and the foliage itself displays 
interesting fall color - pink, crimson, muted greens. 

Greg Lecker
A Vision of Michaud Cooley Erickson
Suite 1200
333 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
Fax: 612.339.8354

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