What are some “cool-season annuals” I can grow in my windowboxes as we head into the fall season?
Virtues: We love Panicum virgatum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ for its eye-catching blue-green foliage that becomes tinged with a striking wine-red hue in early summer. As the summer progresses, this exquisite plant is overtaken with color, topped with matching burgundy-red flower panicles …
Virtues: We love Helenium ‘Short n Sassy’ for its fiery orange and gold blooms with protruding chocolate brown centers speckled with yellow pollen that flower beautifully throughout summer and fall. This variety is much smaller than others.
There comes a short pause in a veggie gardener’s time just after all the plants are in and before the battle with weeds or pests begins. This is the perfect time to plan for the fall.
Virtues: We love redvein enkainthus for their clusters of bell-shaped creamy, white flowers marked with radiant red veins that bloom in spring through early summer. Their deep green leaves transform into striking shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.
I have a “Christmas cactus” that always blooms at Thanksgiving. Is there a way to make it bloom a few weeks later?
Prepare for the winter season with help from Tricia at Peaceful Valley in her video on fall vegetable care.
I grew some perennials in containers this year that are not hardy in my area. What should I do with them over the winter?
What’s the difference between a frost and a freeze, when mentioned on the weather report?
Virtues: A truly hardy, perennial mum, ‘Clara Curtis’ will return year after year to bloom with soft pink daisy flowers in the fall.
Question: With the first frost coming soon, which vegetables will survive unprotected in the garden?