Extension News

New Publication Reveals Late Summer Flower Possibilities

PM 2079

8/21/2009

AMES, Iowa – As the transition between summer and fall flowers begins, Iowa State University Extension reminds gardeners that they can still have colorful gardens. A new ISU Extension publication “Flowering Plants for the Late Summer Garden,” PM 2079, shares a variety of flower and plant ideas and is now available from the ISU Extension online store,  https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/.

“Late August and early September are the hardest times to have color in your gardens,” said Ann Marie VanderZanden, an ISU Extension horticulturist. “A lot of people don’t know what to grow though, so this is a good resource for anyone who wants flowers from spring to fall.”

The publication was put together by Kathleen Cue, a horticulture graduate student, and reviewed by VanderZanden. Cue knew many gardens have few flowers in late summer, and she realized the information from other resources was not always accurate or produced different regional results. With these things in mind, she gathered information from personal experience, data and garden tours to produce a publication full of flower and plant ideas that are proven to work in Iowa and Nebraska.

“It’s very beneficial to home gardeners,” said VanDerZanden. “The publication has a number of plants with different sizes, shapes and colors that are still reliable bloomers.”

The publication is free to download from the ISU Extension online store, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/.  

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Contacts :
Ann Marie VanderZanden, Horticulture, (515) 294-5075, vanderza@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu