Fall is a great time to refresh your tired summer garden. Making a few changes can alter your landscape and extend your color beauty. For starters, remove tired annuals and plant hardy winter pansies. They will last through the winter, even bouncing back after winter freezes and snows. Take down your fading summer hanging basket and replace it with a fall mum basket. Cut back spent perennials and add something different such as a new variety of coreopsis, sedum or daylily. Their blooms will last late into the fall. Planting a hardy Belgian mum ensures that you will have fall color year after year. Consider incorporating a winter blooming witchhazel or evergreen camellia shrub into your design. Or simply create a mix of pansies, mum, ornamental grass, pepper and a colorful perennial in a bright new pot and place it on your front step.


You can find many of these plants and more ideas at your local garden spot. If you are in the Leesburg , Virginia area, stop by the fall plant sale at Monroe Technology Center September 14, 15 and 16th. Whatever you can do, have some fun with your fall refresh
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