Plan a Fall Facelift for Your Flowerbeds

Ornamental Kale

Shorter days, brisker weather and changes in our daily routines may be nudging many of us back indoors to ready ourselves for the fast-approaching winter. You may have written off your garden, but these cooler, darker days are perfect for some of the most interesting and colorful plants. You can easily freshen up your flowerbeds with plants like mums, pansies or ornamental kale to create one last splash of color for the season.

Ornamental kale plants are bold, round beauties whose center leaves color up in cool or cold weather. They grow 18–24" in diameter and can grow similarly tall. Their primary use is in the fall because the period of cool weather after the frost out in spring is too short in our climate. Mums are certainly one of the most stunning and easy to grow choices for the fall gardener—just be sure to plant them in a spot that gets at least six hours of sun per day. Plants that don't get adequate sun will be tall, leggy and less showy. Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals and, like kale and mums, prefer these cooler days. Many pansies are bicolored, making them particularly striking. Don't let their size fool you; they may be tiny and delicate, but they're pretty hardy! Still, whenever frost threatens, cover your fall plants for their longest-lasting impact.

Look for garden-ready pots of fall bloomers in the Floral Department at select markets.

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