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Fall and Winter Flowers — Family Plot

– All right Joellen, Fall is coming.
– [Joellen] Yes. – Okay, we want Fall
color in our gardens, so where should we start? – Well the first thing you
think of in Fall is mums or chrysanthemums.
– [Voiceover] Yes, okay. – And they’re gonna
be the first for sale starting in September,
they’ll be for sale, and they’ll be for sale
clear through ’til November. Now you might think that
they bloom that long, but they really don’t
bloom that long. They are early, mid and late blooming mums. And there are many colors
and many varieties, so if you want a yellow one, there’s early, a mid, and
a late blooming yellow mum that you can go find. And you’re gonna
wanna, you know, pick them and they’re
gonna be root bound so you’re either gonna
have to transplant them into another container or
you’re gonna have to water them more often because if
they’re in full bloom, you’re gonna want to make
sure they have plenty of water so they can support
all those blooms. – Okay, and they’re gonna be
readily available at all your big garden centers.
– [Voiceover] Everywhere. – That’s the first thing
you see would be the mums. They’re all over the place. – [Joellen] They
would be everywhere. – And they’re beautiful,
I love the colors. – They are pretty and they do like to be
well-drained though, just be careful with that.
– [Voiceover] Okay. – They don’t tend
to be so perennial as a lot of the mums
normally you would think being perennial.
– [Voiceover] Okay. – If you want a perennial mum,
you have to specifically ask for a perennial mum, ’cause
that’s gonna be different from ones that you
see all over town. Now some people will say,
“Oh, but mine come back.” Well they have found the
exact place for that one. It’s well-drained and
it didn’t get too cold, and it just loves it
there and it’s gonna stay, and that’s great. – Good. Now look, you can’t talk Fall
without talking about pansies. One of my favorites… I’m now thinking about, you
know, the pansies I’m gonna put in my flowerbeds for the Fall, so tell us a little
bit about pansies. – Pansies are the best blooming
plant for the Fall into the Winter and
into the Spring. It will last that long, and it takes the cold
weather that we have here. In fact sometimes
it’ll take even snow and you’d see them still
blooming with it snowing. And there are different
kinds of pansies. There are some with faces and some that are called clear. And the ones with faces
are usually the pansies that have the little
dark center in the middle that kinda looks like a face and that’s why
they’re called faces. – [Voiceover] Okay. – And there’s a lot of good
varieties of those out there. You want to look for the series
that does well in this area called delta, and colossus, and majestic giant,
the giant series. – [Voiceover] Okay. The clear ones, they
don’t have faces, but they give you
really clear colors, beautiful some beautiful,
gorgeous blues, and oranges and yellows, and those are crown
and delta series mums, I mean pansies, that do
very, very well here. – Okay, how do we need
to prepare our soils, you know, for the pansies? – Good question. You know, I know that the
summer color might last clear ’til it frosts. Well you might want to
go ahead and pull it out and plant your pansies in
the early part of October. That way it’s warm but
then there’s cool nights, and that is perfect
pansy growing weather. – [Voiceover] Okay. – And they like it that way so you’ll get a bigger
and more beautiful plant before the cold
weather gets here. – [Voiceover] Okay. – And you’re gonna want
it in a nice, loose soil. They like to be well-drained. – [Voiceover] Well-drained. – Just like the mums, they
like to be well-drained. Also, you’ve got to watch… Pansies are really particular
about the crown of their plant which is near the
surface of the soil, so really try to
get the same level that the plug or the plant is in the container, the
same height in the ground. Don’t cover more soil
up over the top of it ’cause you’ll bury the crown and then they will
rot and die so just keep the soil
level the same, put a little bit
of mulch on them, a little bit of fertilizer
if you want to incorporate– – Now what kind of fertilizer?
Let’s talk about that. – There’s all kinds of
fertilizer you can use. – [Voiceover] Okay, okay. – If you have a compost pile and have some nice organic
compost to add to them, that would be a nice, slow
release fertilizer for them to last for a long time, and if you don’t have that, any kind of slow release
fertilizer would be good to add simply because
it will feed them for a long period of time, because they are in the ground
for a long period of time. – Sure. All right, so what about violas? – If you have… Now pansies like sun, just
like the mums like sun. They like sun. But what if you don’t
have as sunny a site? Trees lose their leaves, yes.
– [Voiceover] Yes. – And that’d create
more sun for you, but what about a
house? It doesn’t move. And even though the sun
has different angles in the winter time, you still
might have a shady area. Try violas.
– [Voiceover] Okay. Violas seem to do a lot
better in the shady situation. Even though they do like
sun, but they do better in shady situations, too. And some good varities for those are the sorbets and the pennies. – [Voiceover] Okay. – They do very
well in this area. – Okay, while we have
a little time left, what about some other flowers that we can
incorporate in the beds with our pansies and violas? – Yeah to give a
little more interest, we have a lot of things
like dusty miller, great foliage plant. And not only does it last, but you can leave it all
summer long the next summer and just plant other
plants around it. Dusty miller’s last a very
long time in the containers and in the ground
with your pansies. Then there’s also dianthus and snapdragons and
ornamental cabbage and kale. And they all do very
well here in this area. Now the dianthus
and the snapdragons might not bloom when it
gets really, really cold, but they’ll stay green if they’re well drained and
they don’t rot in the ground. That’s the worst problem with
the snapdragons is they… It’s not the cold that gets
them, it’s too wet of soil, and that’s what they don’t like. And the ornamental
cabbage does well, too. – Okay, now do they all
like the full sun as well? – They all like full sun and well-drained soils. – [Voiceover]
Well-drained soils. – And that’s kind of, you know, winter’s our wet season.
– [Chris] Yeah. – So we get a lot of rain and we get a lot of snow cover if it does get to snow, and it just stays wet a lot, and so that’s why it’s important
to have it well drained ’cause then everything’ll
be happy and live and do well for everyone. – [Chris] All right Joellen,
we appreciate that information. We can’t wait for those
beautiful Fall colors. – [Joellen] Thank you.
– [Chris] Thank you.


lovess 40

Sep 9, 2017, 12:22 am Reply

so pretty


Dec 12, 2017, 7:14 pm Reply


Tom Cat

Sep 9, 2018, 3:01 pm Reply

She needs to come to my house and do my landscaping this fall

Debra Kusek

Aug 8, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Got some great ideas for planing fall and winter colors, love the idea of incorporating Dusty Miller!


Sep 9, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

I live in Central PA. can I plant those pansies now?


Oct 10, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Don't you mean a chrysanthemumumumum?

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