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Native Plant Gardens: October Bouquets

Fall flowers, native cheer, easy.

Asters, goldenrods and obedient plant all make for great cut flowers.
Native Flowers with Maypops

Native fall gardens offer an abundance of nature to fill your home. Whether you choose a single small branch from a shrub or tree with fall color to place in a vase or an armload of flowers, bringing a bit of the outdoors in is one of fall's small but lovely rewards.


Heuchera ' Autumn Bride'
Heuchera 'Autumn Bride'

Any flower gathered in a bunch always makes an eye catching bouquet and oh so easy! As if we need another reason to plant the native cultivar, heuchera 'Autumn Bride' (Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride'), this perennial is still sending up fresh flowers. A combination of fresh and almost past blooms gathered in late October create a delightful and long lasting bouquet reminiscent of both blooms of summer and seed heads of fall.

Asters (Symphiotrichum laeve), goldenrods (solidago) and obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) all make for great cut flowers. Each would be eye popping massed in a vase.

Single Color Palettes

Choosing flowers from the same color family also makes for easy arranging. White wood asters (Eurybia divaricata), narrow leaf mountain mint (Pycanthemum tenuifolium), boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) and a few pieces of maypop vine (Passiflora incarnata) create layers of white and green that will be fairly long lasting.

Choosing yellows at this time of year would work too!

Hues of lavender combine readily. Aster 'October Blue Skies' (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) and obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) are just one of the lavender combinations you can find blooming now. Adding blue mist flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is another possibility.

If you have a moment, grab your pruners and cut something that captures an element of fall that speaks to you for your indoor space. Adding more sunshine to your home is always a good thing!

Happy Fall Gardening.


We want you to be as excited about planting Chesapeake natives as we are. “Plant This or That” gives you a native alternative to popular plants. Other posts highlight really fabulous fauna native to the Chesapeake.

Nuts for Natives, avid gardener, Baltimore City admirer, Chesapeake Bay Watershed restoration enthusiast, and public service fan.

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