Your Fall Garden

The mums are out! That can only mean one thing - fall is fast approaching. Many of us, both avid and novice gardeners will do anything to hold on to summer and stay in our yards as long as possible. As the weather begins to cool, that usually means mums, pumpkins, and corn everywhere we turn. While mums are beautiful, steadfast, and traditional fall plants, there is a cornucopia of other choices when a change is desired.

Here's a tip from Marianne Binetti, Northwest gardening expert:

One gallon annuals are the perfect alternative to stave off the changing of the season. The larger sized annuals add instant gratification and color to any yard as well as filling more space and requiring less maintenance. Many annuals can tolerate light frosts, allowing you to enjoy them well into the coming season. Varieties such as:

  • Cosmos
  • Cyclamen
  • Heather
  • Heliotrope
  • Kalanchoe
  • Kale
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Pansies
  • Salvia
  • Snapdragon
  • Sunflowers

Don’t be afraid to get out there and add some last minute wow to your yard this season.
Follow these simple steps to add immediate impact and curb-appeal to your yard this fall:

  1. Dig holes twice as wide as the pot the plant is in but no deeper than the pot itself.
  2. Remove the plant from its pot and loosen the roots
  3. Place plant in hole and fill in with soil; do not compact the soil as it will damage the roots and reduce water drainage.
  4. Fall annual plantings will not benefit as highly with slow release fertilizer, instead use a liquid type, such as Miracle Gro, to instantly feed your freshly planted annuals.
  5. Water in thoroughly
  6. Sit back and enjoy!