Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA

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Top Ten Favorite Flowers for Fall

Just because summer is over and spring is long gone doesn’t mean your garden is doomed to be dull. There are so many flowers that will bring color to your garden through the first frost. Most of these are available at the Garden Center. Stop by and ask one of our experts to point them out for you.

Edward's Garden Center has Mums

There are so many mums available at the Garden Center!

1. Chrysanthemums
Everyone loves a beautiful “mum” in their garden. These flowers come in many colors and flower shape. They are a great addition to any outdoor space, in the ground or in containers and they also look great as centerpieces for holiday tables.

We have mums all over the Garden Center. If you are looking for a particular color ask Debi, Rawlyn or Diane for help!

2. Aster
The New England aster is another flower that comes in many colors including pink, blue, purple and white. They thrive in full sun and well drained soil. When flowering, the asters attract butterflies.

Edward's Garden Center has fall flowers

Toad Lilies come in so many colors. This one is a Japanese Toad Lily.

3. Toad Lily
No fall garden can be complete without Toad Lily. These Asian curiosities bloom with orchid-like flowers that demand a close look, when the garden is winding down in fall. They do best in light shade in humus-rich soil that retains moisture, and are suitable for borders or less formal parts of the garden and among shrubs gradually becoming large clumps. (BHG) They are also great for deterring deer since deer can’t stand the taste of them.

4. Golden Rod
This tough yellow plant can last through the heat of the summer and well into the fall.

5. Colchicum
Colchicums look a lot like crocuses only with bigger flowers. Their large cup-shaped blooms appear seemingly out of nowhere, in bright pink, purple and white.  These flowers can grow in the shade or sun so you can add them to any part of your garden. They also come back every year!

Edward's Garden Center has fall flowers

Japanese Anemone come in pink and white.

6. Japanese Anemone
This flower produces large poppy-shaped pink or white blooms, with large stems, making it a beautiful flower in the garden and an even more beautiful flower in a vase. If you add this to your garden, give it lots of room to grow as it tends to take over.

7. Mexican Sage
Sage is traditionally a tough, hardy plant and this variety is no different. Mexican sage grows well into the fall and gives you garden a beautiful fuchsia feature. This plant can grow to be about three feet tall and likes full sun.

8. Perennial Sunflower
While the annual sunflowers get all the glamorous press, the perennial sunflower is a true garden gem. The ‘Lemon Queen’, for example, produces gorgeous creamy-yellow blooms in late summer and early fall. The can grow 8 feet tall and enjoy lots of sun.

Edward's Garden Center has fall flower

Sedum comes in a variety of pink and orange colors.

9. Turtlehead
This plant earned its cute name because of its funny shaped white and pink blooms. Even when the blooms die off, this plant has luscious greens that last until the frost. Make sure to plant your turtlehead in full sun to get the best blooms.

10. Sedum
Another extremely popular fall flower, sedum bursts into flowers at summer’s end. This plant likes full sun and well drained-soil. It can grow to be about a foot and a half tall.

Hopefully we got your creative juices flowing with ideas on making your fall garden more colorful! As always, if you have questions stop by the Garden Center and speak with our experts.


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Get your garden ready for Fall

Don’t let the 80 degree temperatures deceive you. Fall is on its way to Northeastern Pa. The Garden Center has hundreds of mums looking for new homes, the staff has been busy making scarecrows and the Fall festival is less than a month away. Obviously, we are getting our gardens ready for fall, but are you?

If you haven’t begun your fall garden (or even if you have), try incorporating some of these ideas.

Enjoy some fresh fall veggies
Many people think vegetable gardens are only for the summer. Anyone who believes that is missing out on some tastier garden treats. Carrots, broccoli, snow peas, snap peas cauliflower and beets are a few of the vegetables you can plan to harvest in the cool days of fall. Since most of these hardy vegetables take about 60 days to grow, you may want to purchase them as seedlings and keep an eye on the cool night temperatures. If you decide to plant them as seeds, do so in mid to late August depending on your climate.

Fall flowers sold at Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort

Hellebores are a fun fall addition to any garden!

Bring some fall color to your garden
Fall is your last chance to enjoy your colorful garden before the gloomy winter comes. Chrysanthemums, aster, goldenrod, pansies and hellebores can be purchased young at the Garden Center and will last through the fall. Growing these plants from seedlings should begin in mid-summer in a dark place, like your basement. When fall begins, they will be strong enough to plant in your garden.

Take advantage of the cool temperatures & grow some ornamental grass
Select cool season ornamental grasses for easy-to-grow and easy-to-maintain fall color in your garden. Blue fescue and feather reed grass prefer temperatures from just above freezing to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool season ornamental grasses enjoy new growth in the spring, stop growing in the heat of the summer, and then continue to thrive when the weather turns cool in the fall. Look for clump growing ornamental grasses for easier maintenance; other types will spread and some, like ribbon grass, will take over any garden. Once your ornamental grasses are established, they need no fertilizer, pruning or coddling of any kind.

Put those old clothes to good use
Not sure what to do with those worn out gardening shoes, gloves and pants? Make a gardener scarecrow! You and the kids will have fun making it and it might keep a few pesky animals out of your fall vegetable garden.

Fall has arrived at Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort

The scarecrows at Edward’s Garden Center, compliments of Nick and the rest of the staff.

Some ideas and information for this post came from: Fall Gardening Ideas | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/68818-fall-gardening-ideas.html#ixzz3CNzoo89s