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Top Plant Picks September 2022

Top Plant Picks September 2022

Fall is coming and the gardens are changing! Cheekwood’s Horticulturist Sage McClain, shares her top plant picks for September.

Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (Pink Turtlehead)

Bloom Time: July – October

Sun Requirement: Sun to Full Shade

Water Requirement: Wet

Wildlife: Attracts bumblebees and hummingbirds

Tolerates: Moist and acidic soil. Deer resistant.

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: A very versatile native plant that tolerates full sun to shade. Forms clumps and is perfect for a woodland or stream garden. The pink flowers resemble the heads of open-mouthed turtles.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Asimina triloba (Pawpaw)

Bloom Time: March – May

Sun Requirement: Partial Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Host plant to the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly and Pawpaw Sphinx Moth.

Tolerates: Pest resistant

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: This small understory tree produces North America’s largest native edible fruit. The bark and leaves act as a natural insect repellent.

Location: Howe Garden

Euscaphis japonica (Korean Sweetheart Tree)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts birds

Tolerates: Drought tolerant

Native to North America: No

Zones: 6 – 8

Other: Interesting landscape specimen! Produces heart-shaped seed pods in the late summer to fall.

Location: Color Garden

Passiflora incarnata x cincinnata (Passionflower)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Host plant to the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, Attracts many pollinators

Tolerates: Can handle a variety of conditions from full sun to partial shade as well as being relatively drought and heat tolerant

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: This climbing vine has very showy purple flowers during the summer to early fall. Wonderful addition for pollinator gardens.

Location: Mansion Front Lawn

Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus)

Bloom Time: July-September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Water Plant

Wildlife: Pollinator Plant

Tolerates: Standing water

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 10

Other: This aquatic plant produces large fragrant flowers that open in the mornings and close at night each day. Attractive foliage, seed receptacles and blooms make this the perfect addition to a water garden or pond!

Location: Herb Garden

Dicliptera suberecta (Hummingbird Plant)

Bloom Time: Mid Summer to Frost

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Low

Wildlife: Hummingbird Pollinator

Tolerates: Drought tolerant

Native to North America: No

Zones: 7 – 9

Other: A hummingbird magnet during summer through fall! This long-blooming perennial is drought tolerant and has velvety blue-grey leaves.

Location: Literary Garden

Vernonia baldwinii (Ironweed)

Bloom Time: July – November

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Low

Wildlife: Great Pollinator plant

Tolerates: Tolerates both moist and dry soils

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: This long-blooming plant does best in natural areas and large meadows where large colonies can be appreciated.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Anemone robustissima (Pink Windflower)

Bloom Time: August-Frost

Sun Requirement: Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts butterflies

Tolerates: Has a good resistance to most insects and diseases

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Ideal for perennial borders or woodland gardens. Its pale pink flowers attract butterflies and make great cut flowers.

Location: Burr Garden


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