Are your summer plants looking worn, tired, dull or just looking ‘out of season’? Then its’ time for a fall makeover. Why not pull out the summer annuals and replace them with hardy fall mums, pansies, ornamental cabbage or kale, asters or some new perennials that will add color, texture and life to your garden, porch or patio? If you want your mums to come back next year then choose ones with tight buds that are not yet blooming. They will root out and take hold in their new garden bed. Pansies will hold their heads high even on cold winter days. Ornamental cabbage and kale adds color and texture that should last until next spring in a pot or bed if you keep them watered. And fall blooming perennials such as asters, black-eyed Susans, anemones and plumbago make great additions to your landscape design. If deer are a problem, then consider planting ornamental grasses or some new and different boxwoods as there are so many interesting varieties in each category.
If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area September 18-20, be sure to visit the Monroe Technology Center’s Fall Plant Sale where you will find all these plants mentioned above and many more. Happy fall planting!