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fall flowers?

  • Subject: [cg] fall flowers?
  • From: "Kristin Faurest" <kfaurest@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 21:53:57

how about cyclamen? the individual flowers aren't as stunning as single 
dahlias can be, but with a big variety the colors are quite striking, the 
foliage can be interestingly variegated, and they're very flexible with 
regards to sunlight if they have good soil. they're very low maintenance in 
my experience. in my half-shaded courtyard garden at my home here in 
budapest (which is about zone 5 by US standards), they're gorgeous right up 
to the first frost. for those who have greenhouses for winter storage or who 
live in warmer areas, of course fuchsia bloom beautifully right up to 
winter. i have some orange fuchsia that looks better now than it did in may. 
my other favorite tender perennial is abutilon (called flowering maple, due 
to the leaf shape, though it's not really a maple) which thrives in shade 
and produces big, bell-shaped orange, red or yellow flowers from april right 
up to frost. looks quite exotic but is very low maintenance.

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