Fall Color for Gardens
With a little help from The New York Botanical Garden, fill your porch or patio with lush fall plants in containers that will withstand the elements.
• Use a potting soil that has good drainage. Adding compost to the mix helps to create additional heat and adds nutrients.
• Use a slow-release fertilizer that will last until spring.
• Select plants with a hardiness rating colder than your temperature zone.
• Try underplanting with spring-flowering bulbs. Plant bulbs in containers at regular depth (three times the size of the bulb), but space them closer together than you would in the open ground.
• Create long-season interest by selecting a mixture of low-growing conifers, broadleaf evergreens, grasses, and interesting foliage plants.
Shown here: grape hyacinths (Muscari)
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