• Sandi Manna

Autumn Splendor In The Garden

Ok, I admit it's been a long time since I've done a blog post. We've been crazy busy this year and it's all thanks to our clients! So, if you're a client - a great big THANK YOU to you! We wouldn't be here without you and we truly love what we do.

This year there has been a big increase in the call for annuals. I agree wholeheartedly. Annuals can brighten any season. They keep your garden fresh every year and they help you celebrate the seasons.

My favorite autumn annuals are the peppers and the mums. I like ornamental pepper 'Chilly Chili'. It's an ornamental pepper that's child and pet safe - and believe it or not - deer and rabbit resistant (If you're an unfortunate soul like myself and you have both deer and rabbit, you start to wonder if there's anything they WON'T eat)! These bright little peppers start out yellow and change to shades of oranges and reds. Pepper 'Sangria' which is slightly less critter proof, but still holds it's own, is nice too.

There are pumpkins and gourds -OH MY!

It was a long, hot summer. Statistics show that each summer is hotter than the last - and was it ever hot!! Now that autumn is here, the crisp smell of leaves in the air along with the cooler, dry days make most of us yearn to celebrate autumn almost more than any other time.

Here are a few tips to give you a warm and welcoming autumn garden.

- Incorporate pumpkins and gourds. Of course this is me, so the average pumpkin won't do. I like the green pumpkins or the bumpy ones, the ones that are a little different than the orange pumpkins we grew up with. Oh don't get me wrong, I like those pumpkins too! Try stacking your pumpkins to give you some varied height along with texture. Indian corn and haybales are great too.

- Opt for seasonal annuals beyond just mums. Add in some millet grass for a deep purple/burgundy color. Again, the ornamental peppers such as Chilly Chilli, Sangria or even Black Pearl add both color and shape. Combine similar colors. Try mixing Pepper 'Black Pearl' in your combinations. The deep purple, almost black foliage combines nicely with annual Millet. If you're puttig out orange pumpkins, add in some orange mums. Don't forget about the Kales and Cabbage too!

It's also ok to utilize house plants in your annual arrangements. Crotons can be found in garden centers and grocery stores alike. Just look at the great fall color in the leaves! What?! Use a houseplant in the garden?? But the frost will kill it, won't it?? Yes, it will. How is that any different than the annuals we use?? You just have to think outside the box!

There's so much you can use in the autumn garden! By layering color and texture throughout your garden, you'll have a successful garden that celebrates the autumn season!

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