The changing track of sunlight in your garden allows you to create a seemingly whole new garden in autumn. Mix mums with other fall annuals and perennials, like autumn sage, aster, ornamental kale or cabbage, pansies, and moss verbena. We always keep the fundamentals of color and design in mind when planting a fall garden.
Autumn sage is a great choice for producing blooms through fall. With the gradually diminishing sunlight of autumn prompts fall mums to bloom just at the right time. If you are going to plant a mum, make sure you plant in full sun, and keep the soil moist but well-drained. If you are looking for more colors, consider asters which are available throughout the fall in shades of white, purple, pink, lavender, and red. They do best in moist, well-drained soil with full sun to light shade. When planting asters, keep in mind they form bushy clumps and should be spaced at least 18 inches apart.
Ornamental kale or cabbage sports a multicolored ruffle of leaves that tolerate cold weather quite well. Plant these fall bloomers in August or early September to become established before the temperature begins to cool too much. Several frosts actually enhance their colorful pigmentations—which makes them a great addition to outdoor flower beds and pots. Ornamental kale prefers moderately moist, rich soil in a sunny spot..
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