Plants to go with Pumpkin Spice

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Here in Chicago the high temps are in the fifties all week. It appears that we’re getting our first real dose of fall. It seems about the right time. Maybe even a little later than some years.

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That means it’s time to pick up that Pumpkin Spice Latte, slide on the Uggs, and pull out the North Face. We know it’s what you’ve been waiting all year for. We also know that you’ve been waiting for fall for one other reason… FALL GARDENING. That’s right. It’s time to pull out all of that stuff that has grown crazy and out of control and put in some plants that like this cooler weather.  Let us break down what you should probably be looking for:

  1. Flowering Kale and Flowering Cabbage

Nothing is more durable than flowering kale. They come in pinks, purples, creams, and occasionally a bright red. Don’t be scared if they don’t seem very colorful just yet. As the weather gets colder, the color will become richer and more robust. Flowering kale is so hardy that it has often been known to keep its color until Christmas or later. If you get really adventurous you can even cut the top off of the kale and bring it in as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dinner.

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  1. Chrysanthemums or Mums for short

Mum’s the word. Ok that might be the lamest plant pun on the face of the planet (and the most overused), but we had to. Seriously, we had to, there was a bet on it. Anyway, Mums are about as classic as it gets when you talk about fall gardening. Sure some people will say that you’re being basic or boring, but honestly they look great when done correctly, and they come in a wide variety of colors. They’re also pretty easy to care for and relatively inexpensive. Don’t let the garden snobs push you around this fall. If you like the way they look, put ‘em in!

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  1. Pansies and Violas

Pansies used to be a fall staple. Recently however, it seems like they’re hard to find. What’s up with that?! Pansies and Violas are great ways to add color to any fall display. They literally come in every color you can think, and combination thereof. A cool thing about pansies is that some varieties may even winter over. What does that mean? It means that they might flower off of the same plants next spring if your winter isn’t reminiscent of the arctic. So check out your local garden center and if they don’t have pansies and/or violas, ask them why not!

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  1. Ornamental Peppers

Woah Wildcard! That’s right, we said it: Ornamental Peppers. Though they won’t last deep into the fall in some of the harsher regions, they are a great way to inexpensively add both color and texture. You can find them in oranges, reds, yellows, and even purples. They come in all sorts of shapes. Some are short and stubby. Some are tall. We could argue that you could create an entire display with different varieties. Again, not for the most intolerable of climates, but still one of our favorites.

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What are you growing this fall?! Show us and the rest of the plant loving community on GrowIt!

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