Week 23 – Swap it out and change it up

The alley flowers are gorgieous

Is your patio looking a little drab right now?  Is the color gone with the blooms in your garden?  It’s time to swap out and pot some new cool weather plants.  Pansies, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Black-eyed Susans and Coneflowers are some great late summer and fall plants that will bring some color back to your patio and garden.

The nights are getting cooler again so you can plant up some cool weather plants that can take the heat and cool off at night.  Make up some new pots or switch out old thrillers, fillers, and spillers with some late summer and fall bloomers.  Add border plants in your perennial garden for some new color.

Yellow, red and gold Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) will brighten up your pots and your borders.  I especially like the Cherry Burgundy.   These should reseed themselves and multiply in your perennial border.

You can use Kale again for a nice centerpiece in your pot with some pansies around it for a pot with nice contrasting colors.   Other nice plants right now are snap dragons, cosmos, pansies and ornamental peppers.

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Today Susan talked about the new Coneflowers.  I love these.  The top brown center has been replaced by a pom looking center.  Introduced were pink Southern Belle and white Milkshake.  There is also a new variety of a dwarf called Piccolino.  These would be best planted in your perennial border and will come back next year.

Deena talked about a new Coreopsis (Tickseed) called Jive.  Jive is a cream and maroon flower.  It’s perfect for pots.  You can also put it in your garden and may come back next year.  It’s a new one, so time will tell.

Heather swapped out an old plant for some of the new Jive Coreopsis and planted up a new pot of Kale and Pansies.

So, add a few plants to give some new color to your pots and garden that will last through the fall.


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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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