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Fall Flowers | Best Seasonal Plants

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Just because the warm weather of summer has taken a hike, warm colors in your yard don’t have to do the same. Fall is actually one of the best times to add some seasonal color to your lawn.

Color through Fall Plants

For me, one of the great things about fall is the vast array of colors it produces. The deep orange, yellow and red leaves that canvas the skyline on a evening drive can just be breathtaking. Color in general can do so much for a landscape. That is why right now is the best time for fall planting. There are many great seasonal plants that are prime for planting right now.

What to plant in fall

To know what type of plants to plant in fall, you first have to identify if the plants are annuals or perennials. Once the weather consistently stays cold, perennials go into hibernation and are strong enough to make it until the weather turns nice again. They look dead, but their roots do not die. Grass, for instance, is a perennial.

Most annuals, on the other hand, will wither and die once the weather hits about 32 degrees. Luckily there are some annuals that will thrive a little longer in this cooler weather:

Mums

Mums are great fall flowers because their bloom lasts longer than just a couple of days. Mums can bloom and stay vibrant for weeks at a time, even after several nights of cool weather.

Violas

Violas are hardy flowers that really thrive in cooler weather. With a variety of colors including deep purples and blues, violas can add fresh color for the fall.

Pansies

Closely associated with violas, pansies also love the cooler temperatures. Pansies come in many different varieties so it is always best to pick ones that accent your other flowers and plants.

Why to Plant Now

If the first frost hasn’t hit your yard yet, it is just around the corner. When the weather drops it is time to put your garden to bed. Let your perennials hibernate and clear out the leaves in your flowerbed, and while you are at it throw in a few plants to liven up your landscape.

How to Plant Now

There are still a few nice days left here and there. Pick a time that works for you and get to work on your lawn. Some seasonal plants don’t even need to be planted, Mums can especially look nice in a flower pot sitting on your porch or even in your flower bed.

It doesn’t have to be terribly time consuming. And if it does seem like more work than what you have time for, look into using a professional landscaper to add some color for you. Hiring a landscaping business is one of the best ways to get your lawn looking exactly how you want it with little effort on your end.

Don’t allow the fall weather to keep you from having the best looking lawn, start packing up the old flower bed and adding in some seasonal color!

 

 

Complement Your Patio With A Container Vegetable Garden

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Nothing says summer like fresh veggies. Slice a deep red and beefy tomato, toss in some home grown basil and a good mozzarella and you’ll have the perfect summer salad. Few things compare to stepping outside and picking the tomato yourself with a snip of herbs on the way back inside.

Unfortunately a vegetable garden requires yard space, may interfere with landscaping or just be difficult to maintain. This is where the container garden steps in. Most any summer veggie can be coaxed into growing in the proper pot and the bounty can be delicious. Watering becomes easier, fertilizing is simple and they can actually add to the beauty of a patio or deck. So if you want the privilege of the backyard side dish there are lots of plant varieties that love the container.

I Say Tomato!

The granddaddy of the summer garden and the number one pick of all vegetable growers the tomato is very happy to be contained. A full size plant need a container with a soil capacity of at least 20 quarts and a water capacity of at least a gallon or more to keep up with this water lover. Patio varieties are also available for smaller spaces and produce smaller but just as yummy fruits. Buying tip: You may be tempted to buy large plants at the garden center with blossoms already set. Avoid this and buy smaller plants with dark green leaves and few or no blossoms. Blossoms can be a sign of stress in a plant that sits in a tiny pot. Give a small plant a big home and you’ll get a happy plant.

Wouldn’t You Like to Have a Pepper, Too?

Green, red, yellow, orange or even purple. Sweet, spicy or fiery. Large, small or just decorative. Pepper plants come in all kinds of delightful varieties and are well suited for containers. They love heat and consistent moisture and some varieties are compact enough to grow well in medium containers or even mix with other small plants in a larger one. Growing tip: Peppers need lots of light and heat so don’t be discouraged if they take a while to get going.

Lettuce Entertain You!

Lettuce is a fabulous container vegetable with almost as many choices for color, texture, size or taste as stars in the sky. They need constant moisture so a self-watering container is ideal. And because they are an early season plant that won’t tolerate summer heat you can use the container again for flowers after your lettuce season ends. Leaf lettuces are wonderful for “cut and come back” harvesting as you can cut the whole plane an inch above the soil and it will grow a new set of leaves.

Cukes Are Cute!

Cucumbers from the garden are a world away from the waxed and dry variety from the supermarket. They need heat, a consistent amount of food and lots and lots of H2O so this make them great for containers that can be tended just outside your door. They’ll need something to climb so if you don’t want that to be your patio furniture provide them with a trellis. Make sure your container is deep enough to sink support stakes into to secure the trellis as the vine can become heavy. Harvest when they’re smaller then the store variety as they will taste better. Beware of powdery mildew and cucumber beetles.

Squash Isn’t Just a Sport.

Summer squash is actually a bush rather than a vine so they can be grown in containers without invading your patio or everywhere else. Plant in the largest container you can manage, self-watering if possible, and deep. Like cucumbers summer squash in the garden should be harvested well before the size you see in the supermarket. Whether green zucchinis or yellow banana yellow squash you’ll be pleased with how well these container plants taste.

Herbs Are Well Seasoned.

Don’t forget the huge and wonderful varieties of herbs that can be container grown. Basil is the champ with colors from dark green to vivid purple and widely varied in taste. Rosemary is a wonderful, pungent Italian herb with a smell that will follow you anywhere once you’ve brushed against the silvery leaves. Thyme, sage, oregano, chives and parsley offer many choices of color and flavor. They can be planted together or separate and add a lovely foliage complement to annuals and perennials. Sneak a pot of chives into the house for the winter and clip the leaves as needed.

If you’ve never planted vegetables or herbs in containers you’ll be amazed at how easy it can be. And it can truly be a pleasure to step out of the kitchen on a lovely summer evening, collect a fresh selection of edibles and serve them for dinner. Entice your guests at a patio party with tiny orange peppers, striped tomatoes and edible nasturtium flowers in a fresh salad at the table.

What are the Best Plants for Fall Planting?

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fall-plantingKeeping your plants fresh is a large part of your exterior design. They need to complement other decor as well as the house design as a whole. You’ll also want to be sure that your collection of plants is great for the current season and will last into the next.

The following is a collection of the best plants to plant during the fall.

 

Flowers with diverse blooms

As falls set in, you need to make your compound more flowerily. Flowers will blossom more because of adequate sunlight and deliver special ambience.

Some of the best flowers you can plant in fall include the Peruvian lily that has evergreen hybrids. The flowers come mainly in orange and yellow, or can come in special shades of dark purple and dark flecks. Other flowers you can plant in fall include the lovely Aster X Frikartii which grows to about two feet high. Its flowers are lavender-blue and blossom on tall stalks that make them outstanding in the lawn. These flowers are especially good for planting in the fall because of their toleration for a variety of soils.

Plenti Falls pansies are also easy to plant and flower very quickly. They have round leaves and will provide yellow and red flowers after blossoming. They will grow to about 18 inches and will not die off in winter.

Short Trees and Roses

Planting short trees in the compound is important for additional coverage to flowers and elevated flowering. The trees should have deep foliage with lovely colors and grow to lovely heights. They should also be able to grow faster in diverse soils. Such trees include the October Glory which has amazing red foliage in falls. The tree reaches a height of 50 to 60 feet and is available from most garden centers.

As far as planting roses this fall, consider planting the confederate rose that keeps changing the colors from white to deep pink with age. If taken good care of, these roses will blossom quickly.

Special Grasses

If you want to take your planting to another level, you may also want to consider planting fall grass. The best grasses include ryegrass, bluegrass, fescue and bent-grass which grow evenly and give the compound a sense of special coolness and completeness. Most of the fall grasses are easy to take care of and will grow quickly.

 

For more information about preparing your lawn for fall and cooler weather, contact your local lawn and landscape experts at Olympic Lawn & Landscape.

 

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