Dream Home Container Plantings - Armonk, NYEclectic Landscape, New York
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2. Tuck in cool-season flowers. After removing summer annuals past their prime, fill in the gaps with cool-season bloomers in fall colors. Although they may look tender and delicate, pansies are actually some of the most cold-tolerant annual flowers. When planted now while soils are warm, they’ll bloom from fall to spring. Don’t wait too long, though — pansies planted late, in soils with temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7.2 degrees Celsius), tend to have stunted growth and fewer flowers.
Hit the nursery. Pick up seeds, plants and soil for your pots. Have fun mixing different species; check out the tags for flower colors and heights when planning your planters and pots.Get the no-fail formula for grouping plants in pots
1. Renew plantings. Fresh, vibrant plants can transform the look and feel of your patio, so any investment you make here is well worth your while. Give existing plantings a little TLC, remove dead leaves and spent blooms, and water well. If you have empty pots to fill, make a trip to the garden center and choose new plants. Be sure to select healthy plants that are suited to the light levels of your patio — and don't hesitate to ask for advice if you need it.The secret to grouping plants in a pot
Plant annual flowers and ornamental plants. Spruce up your container plantings and perennial beds with some bright-colored annuals. Good cold-tolerant choices include ornamental cabbages and kale, pansies, violas, alyssums, snapdragons, cyclamens and stocks. If your area is expecting a hard freeze, water these plants well beforehand to protect them. A plant that is hydrated has a much better chance against the elements than one that is struggling.
Planting notes. Plant pansies in a sunny location — they will tolerate some light shade but will become leggy and unattractive if they're grown in deeper shade. Make sure your soil is loose and well drained, and fertilize monthly with a nitrate-based plant food for bigger and more profuse blooms. Keep your pansies consistently moist for optimal health and best results.More:Bright Plants for Flower Beds That Wow
Pansies (the orange blooms around the rim of this front pot) are the typical go-to plant for fall, and with good reason. The pansies labeled “hardy” can withstand a frost or two and, if you're lucky, may even come back the following spring. Plus, pansies come in more colors than you can shake a dead petunia at. Pansies are low growing, with a mounded shape, and work well as a filler in the front of your container. Their broad blooms shine when combined with ornamental grasses or finely textured asparagus fern.Botanical name: Viola x wittrockianaUSDA zones: 6 to 10Water requirement: Medium moisture, well-drained soilsLight requirement: Full sun to light shadeMature size: 1/2 to 3/4 foot tall and 3/4 to 1 foot wide