Colorful plants early September

Asked October 11, 2019, 8:04 AM EDT

Daughter to get married early next September and wants a garden-party in our yard! Looking for colorful perennials/annuals. Bride likes black-eyed susans. Bridesmaids wearing wine-red and groomsmen wearing navy blue. Must be deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant. We have mostly sun and some shade. Thank you!

Howard County Maryland plant selection flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Hi - A colorful garden-party wedding sounds lovely! For September flowers, these are a few choices that you might want to consider:

  • Dahlias (grown by tubers planted in May, many colors available except blues, may need deer fencing)
  • Zinnias (annuals, available in many colors except blue)
  • Ornamental Sages/Salvias (annual and perennial types blue, purple, burgundy, pink, white -- mint family so deer tend to avoid them)
  • Cockscomb/Celosia (annuals, red, orange)
  • Sunflowers (annuals, may need deer fencing)
  • Smokebush (shrub, burgundy foliage)
  • Black-eyed Susans are deer resistant
  • Japanese Anemone (white, pink)
See more options for perennials listed on our website. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/perennials

You could also get ideas from some of your area's local flower farms, http://www.marylandgrownflowers.com/howard-county

Christa