10 Best Plants for Fall
Senior Writer Steve Bender (aka The Grumpy Gardener) reveals ten brilliant plants to bring joy to your garden this fall.
What’s the most dependable tree in the South for spectacular red fall foliage? ‘October Glory’ red maple (Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’). It grows 50 to 60 feet tall, and you can get it at most garden centers. September is a great time to plant.
Sick of pansies that turn to mush with the first fall freeze and don’t bloom again until spring? I am. That’s why I’m planting the new Plentifall pansies available now in garden centers. These are among the first trailing pansies, each spreading 18 inches. Plant them in the ground to form solid sweeps, or let them cascade from containers. Plentifall pansies survive below-zero temps with little damage, so they should bloom for you from fall through spring.
Photo: Amsonia tabernaemontana, a bluestar variety similar to the Amsonia hubrichtii
Lettuce: ‘Bibb’ (green butterhead type), ‘Oak Leaf’ (green loose-leaf), ‘Red Sails’ (red loose-leaf)
Mustard: ‘Red Giant’ (reddish-purple leaves), ‘Savannah’ (large, deep green leaves)
Kale: ‘Lacinato’ (dark green, curly leaves, very cold-hardy), ‘Redbor’ (pictured; crinkly, deep red leaves), ‘Red Russian’ (smooth, gray-green leaves with purple veins, delicious!), ‘Winterbor’ (crinkly, blue-green leaves)
Collards: ‘Champion’ (dark blue-green leaves, very cold-hardy), ‘Georgia Southern’ (deep green leaves, very cold-hardy and productive)