Out with petunias – in with pansies

9NEWS @ 5. 9/18/2016

KUSA - As our summer days turn into fall days, we need to think about plants that embrace the new season with showy color. Here are some planting ideas and trends to get us into the mood for autumn.

The mums and other plants that say, “Fall is here!” thrive in the cooler nights and warm days now getting underway. That makes September a great time to plant. From mid-September through October is the perfect time to plant fall color, some of which will even carry over to spring.  

Prep containers and in-ground beds by preparing the soil with peat moss and add a time-release fertilizer. Then you’re ready to plant.

Traditional fall plants that include mums, pansies, violas, ornamental cabbages and kale are always good choices.  Plant one variety en masse for high impact in-ground beds – or combine a mix of colors and shapes in containers.

Get an extra bargain when you select plants you can enjoy now and again in the spring. If you plant snapdragons and dianthus, you will have them for both fall and spring interest. Pansies and violas are another great bargain because they will bloom all fall off and on – plus in the winter during warm spells and then burst into color all over again in late March that will last through the spring.

The new trend in containers is to use containers made of natural materials such as wood. Or combine natural materials, such as metal and wood. Add more interest with other natural materials, like pinecones or twigs you might find in your yard. And if your pumpkins are ready to pick, tuck in some smaller ones to give a planter the harvest look. That will stay timely through Thanksgiving.

Also remember, if you want to see tulips or daffodil in your yard next spring, you need to plant those bulbs now. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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