Season of Seedheads

As the days get shorter, flowers become scarcer and the garden fills with seedheads.


Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).


Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia fistulosa).


Fluffy Joe Pye Weeds (Eutrochium maculatum).


Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum).



Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) pods.


Open seed pod of Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incanata), with the seeds ready to parachute out into the wide world.

30 Comments on “Season of Seedheads”

  1. Lots of seeds here too. Our wintering Mockingbird is now in the garden too. I always wonder where he/she comes from. There was quite a tussle with him chasing away an intruder. The berries here are either ripe or ripening. Even though temperatures are still running in the 80’s I can tell that Autumn is here.

  2. I only have milkweed pods so far. The others are still flowering, and I’m deadheading until there are just a few left. Blanket flower has my favorite seedheads. The downtown area has some in sidewalk planting areas. They don’t deadhead and they get new plants in September to bring flowers all over again!

  3. In our mild climate, where there is always something that ‘can’ bloom, seedheads are way uncool. Even the Sedum spectabile is supposed to be cut down. I left my sunflowers out for finches, only to get them all mown down by the neighbor’s ‘gardener’ who should have stayed on the other side of the driveway. Fortunately, I did not collect seed from anything in the garden in town. At the farm, cosmos tosses seed everywhere, and we are fine with that, even if the seedheads are nothing to look at.
    You know, the coneflowers at work did not get deadheaded like they were supposed to, and for a brief while, there were finches all over them. Were there seed in there or were the finches just checking?

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