If you happen to find yourself out and about in a local nursery this weekend, you will find tables full of ready-to-pop mums, and beautifully painted pansies. Cooler weather is upon us and everyone has the fever! As summer annuals slowly fade away, fall mums and pansies are there to brighten things up again. In addition to mums and pansies, kale, asters, millet, and purple fountain grass look great in pots and in fall displays.
Pansies are fairly hardy, and will grow out of the winter frost and bloom again in early spring, so be sure to water occasionally throughout the winter months. For those of you who would like see your mums come back year after year, just remember to cut back the dead foliage at the end of the season.
Late fall is also the time to start thinking about burying tulips and other spring bulbs in the ground. Wait until after we've had two hard frosts before planting your bulbs to avoid any early sprouting.