There is not usually much blooming mid October in this zone 4-5 region of Eastern Ontario but the recent spot of warm weather has encouraged some perennials to rebloom and annuals to perk up.
Annuals are those type of plants that get killed off by frost and must be replanted every spring. Their claim to fame is that they bloom all summer, although by this time of year can look leggy and washed out.
On a stroll through my gardens this (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, I found a few annuals still looking cute including portulaca, zinnias, dahlias. Annuals in all the containers I planted are still looking marvelous too!
Perennials are my go to plants as you only have to plant them once. Although you can move them around season to season if you (or they) are not happy with where they are located. I do that all the time.
Unlike annuals that bloom all summer, perennials only bloom for a specific time through the growing season, a month at most. Some though rebloom after their initial bloom time, offering a bonus of colour when you least expect it.
I have several roses for example that do just that, bloom and rebloom and sometimes rebloom again!
Other perennials sporting reblooming features include sage, butterfly bush, tickseed, blanket flower, geraniums, lavender, false sunflowers, asters, achillea, tickseed, daisies, and clematis:
The silver lace vine, asters, ornamental grasses, hibiscus, and hydrangeas are not reblooming, just fall blooming perennials that are still going strong:
What’s still looking good in your garden?