Autumn Blooms

The fall season brings us so many different colors in the form of the changing leaves, but don’t forget that there are still plants blooming in the garden that can be enjoyed for weeks to come. Items such as chrysanthemums, asters, and ornamental cabbage and kale are all items that can withstand sub freezing temperatures while still putting on a show.

This year the chrysanthemums have been exceptional growing to large sizes and being covered in blooms for the last month already. They are blooming in shades of ivory, pink, lavender, orange, rust, burgundy, and yellow. They continue to catch my eye and delight my desire for a prolonged flower season in the garden. These plants are just the ones to extend the season we love so much.

Asters grow in various sizes depending on the variety from one foot in height to as tall as four to five feet. Colors of white, pink, fushcia, lavender, and purple are some of the colors available.

Ornamantal kale and cabbage look good all the way down to temperatures of 20 degrees before they show frost damage. Their centers change to beautiful shades of white, cream, pink, lavender, and red. Planted in groups of 5 or more, they really attract your attention.

Think about these great plants for next year so you can extend your bloom season well through the month of October. You will not be sorry when they begin to bloom after all the others have passed due to frost.

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