12 Sep 2008

Can You Believe Summer Is Over?

Container Garden
Container Garden

The weather in Puget Sound is beautiful. After a rainy spring and summer, we are headed for a glorious fall.

Your property (whether home or commercial) can be bursting with color and greenery all year long if you just plan ahead and follow a Northwest planting calendar. Now is the time to start paring back your annuals, to begin choosing and planting bulbs for the spring, and to find a cool, shady spot for fall pansies and ornamental cabbage and kale.

Many Plantscapes gardeners like to plant showy containers with cold-tolerant foliage for the winter. A tall center plant, like New Zealand flax, surrounded by colorful pansies or trailing herbs can make the bleak December days a little more cheerful.

If you haven’t scheduled your autumn planting yet – now’s the time to call Plantscapes (206-623-7100) and ask to speak with Joanie – Plantscapes’ resident exterior color genius.

(Photo by destabee. Released under Creative Commons License)