Now that it is officially fall, let’s take some time to enjoy the seasonal changes. Fall can be much more than just
cleaning up and clearing. It is a great time to add some seasonal color to your homes landscape. Even though the garden is done for the year and most plants are slowing down their growth, you can add a new look to your home by making some colorful changes using plants like the following:
Ornamental kale when planted directly into the ground is easy to care for and can last well into the winter. It is native to North America, is easy to grow and some varieties can grow to be 18 inches in height. Kales feathery and lacy leaves range in colors from green to red to even white, depending on the variety that you choose. It thrives in temperatures below fifty degrees in well drained soil. Ornamental cabbage has similar traits buts its leaves are wavy edged and form rosettes with pink, purple, red or white centers.
Fall pansies add a nice punch of color to the dull brown and tan tones of the rest of the fall landscape. They have gained in popularity over the years and are easy to find in garden centers, hardware stores and home center stores. Choose compact plants with deep green foliage. Plant in well-drained, rich soil, in a sunny to partly-shady area of your landscape. As the plants flower through out the season deadhead the blossoms to extend flowering. Fall pansies are cool-weather lovers that can actually make it through frosts and even single-digit temperatures. They may even surprise you when they return voluntarily in the spring!
Chrysanthemums are a popular choice for fall color. They come in a variety of single and bi-colored blooms. There are many different kinds of flowers with cushion, daisy, and pom-pom being the most common. Mums are a wise choice for instant color and mostly come in decorative containers so you can just take them home and display them. They are also disease and pest resistant and make a big color splash with little effort. Once they bloom out they can be left in their containers and stored in the garage for spring planting. Just do not let them dry out entirely.
Pumpkins, it would not be fall without them! You can even go to a local farm
and pick them yourself! If picking them is not for you, don’t worry, you can by them at roadside stands, garden centers and even at the grocery store. Choose one with a firm skin, with no soft spots and a uniform, deep orange color. A flat bottom pumpkin will allow it to stand up on its own. A nice firm green stem makes a pumpkin really stand out. Do not carve it yet, cut pumpkins only last a short time. Know how you want to use them in your display and pick them up early when the selections are the best. Add a few corn stalks and some gourds and you have an outstanding entrance way display!