August and September are usually hot and dry, but even with the lack of rain and exceptionally high temperatures the transition into a new season has begun. Many summer garden beds are tired and planters are overgrown or just plain gone. In the nursery business we look forward to October and new offerings of plants, as well as the beauty of pumpkins and gourds. Just when we need a fresh start, it arrives with new selections for the autumn plant palette, mums, marigolds, and in October the first of the violas and pansies.
Marigolds come in all sizes, from tiny starter plants in cell packs or 4″ pots perfect for tucking into tired pots, to 10″ offerings big enough to fill a planter all on their own. Mums covered in buds come in 4″, 8″ and larger pots, in many colors and make a big statement where it’s needed. Be sure to handle them gently, as bud laden stems can break easily. Mums and marigolds aren’t available for long, but they offer transitional color and still allow you to plant pansies and violas when the weather is cooler.
More herbs will fill the nursery as well, including rosemary that will carry on through the winter. Curly parsley is beautiful in winter beds and planters, and soon ornamental and edible kale, and mustards will appear also. Late summer brings perennials too. Have you tried heuchera in the garden or pots? They’re beautiful in part sun or full shade. Just be certain not to over water.
The greenhouse goes through transitions too. From succulents to many types of ferns and more, the amount of plants stays constant, though the variety changes with availability. So if your plants need refreshing with the new season, come take a look!
By Kris Blevons