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Design your container garden! Flowers that work.....

 

Good morning! With the sprinkling of rain we got this weekend and cooler temperatures (at least temporarily), it makes me start to think of Fall.

It's a really good time to look at your garden containers. Maybe they look fried? Maybe they look non-existent? It's time to change them out for plants that work in this next season!

Here are some of my faves for fall gardens that will last well into frost: 

Ornamental Kale- 'Redbor'

redbor kale resized 600

Ornamental Cabbage- 

orn cabbage resized 600

Lysimachia 'Aurea' (creeping jenny)-

lysimachia resized 600

Another tip for container gardens: fertilize. Container plants need water when they start to wilt- it's ok, I promise! Any more than that and your risk overwatering. But if you want a really eye-popping display, use liquid fertilizer once a week. Our fall growing season is short- pick plants that stand up to cool weather and fertilize them to get the best show! 

For more ideas, tips and best plants for our area this fall, come to our container garden workshop. It will be held September 8th, 2012 at the Tree Farm. It will be from 10:00-11:30 and I will have some containers for sale if you want to buy any. The price is $25/ person which includes three plants, fertilizer and soil. More plants will be available for purchase as well...

docs/Fall Container Gardens flyer.pdf  

As well, thanks to our Douglas County Extension agent for a nice little article this Sunday in the Lawrence Journal World! Jennifer Smith, our extension agent, is a great resource for all garden/ landscape questions. Click on the link to read the article: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/aug/26/garden-calendar-fall-flowers-brighten-landscape/

 

 

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