Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA

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Mums: Everyone’s favorite fall flowers

Before the family pool was closed, before the grass stopped growing and weeks before fall started to creep into Northeast PA, Edward’s Garden Center’s customers were looking for their mums.

Mums from Edward's Garden Center in Forty Fort

Beautiful mums by Donna Gatcha-Hines.

Mums are more than just a burst of color from September to October. They are a sign that summer has come to an end and the fresh autumn air is on its way. They are a favorite fall tradition, just like carving a pumpkin.

Customers poured into the Garden Center to chose their favorite mums and carry them off to their new homes. Red, yellow, magenta, orange, all packaged in pots.

We’ve received several photos from customers with their mum creations. We absolutely love to see everyone’s creativity!

Now we do take pride in having such creative garden-loving customers, but not everyone knows exactly what to do with their precious mums when get them home. So we have a few tips to share.

Mums are usually sold in large containers so they can easily be used to decorate entryways, patios and fall displays. Mums are easy to care for when they are in containers. Give them a drink of water each day and make sure they don’t wilt or catch cold. Other than that, all you have to do is enjoy their beautiful color.

While mums are often seen in large containers, they can also be planted in your garden. When planted in your garden, mums can actually become perennial plants. The flowers on the plants will die off but the plants will come back.

Fall plants from Edward's Garden Center

Fall container garden by Maria Rallo-Godfrey.

If you want your mums to come back for the following year, make sure you plant them in a spot that is well drained. Mums don’t like to be soaked. The ideal place would be sunny and sheltered from the wind. The thing to remember is that mums are “short-day” plants, meaning they flower when the hours of darkness are greater than the hours of daylight. So don’t plant them directly beneath a streetlight or commonly used porch light that would artificially lengthen the hours of “daylight.”

At the first frost, your garden mums will “die back,” meaning that the leaves turn black and the stems dry out. Don’t panic! The plant is very much alive beneath the soil, even if the dead heads look awful. Laying mulch on the ground around your mums will help keep your mums warm and protected from the cold NEPA weather.

Chrysanthemums aren’t just for containers. If you put them in the ground properly and let them grow, these fall favorites can adorn your garden year after year.

Some of the tips for this post came from Learn 2 Grow. Hope you enjoyed and learned something about everyone’s favorite fall flowers!


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Trees and bushes for a colorful fall garden

It’s that beautiful, colorful time of year in Northeastern PA. The leaves are all changing and shades of red, orange and yellow paint the landscape. Does your garden match the breathtaking landscape or does it look like the remnants of summer are just begging to hold on?

Amur Maple - Edward's Garden Center

Amur Maple can add lots of color to your garden this fall season.

If you want to bring your garden back to life, there are some trees and shrubs that you can add to make your garden colorful for many autumns to come.

  1. Sugar Maple: The most common tree to have as part of your colorful landscape in NEPA, the Sugar Maple extra-reliable tree that makes a big statement in fall, sugar maple offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves.
  2. Dogwood: A tree that is pretty just about all year around, the Dogwood most loved for their white or pink springtime flowers, but don’t overlook the gorgeous purple-red tones they’ll bring to your fall landscape.
  3. Chokeberry: The chokeberry offers white flowers that look like apple blossoms in spring; rich red fruits in late summer and autumn; and brilliant orange-red fall foliage.
  4. Gingko: Slow-growing ginkgo adds grace to the landscape; its fan-shaped leaves are among the most elegant of any tree. In autumn, they show breathtaking shades of luminous, golden-yellow.
  5. Amur Maple: Another top-notch maple for fall color, Amur maple is a small tree or large shrub (depending how you prune it) that bears bright red leaves in fall.
  6. Serviceberry: A plant for season-long beauty, we adore serviceberry for its display of white springtime flowers, delicious summer fruits, and amazing orange and red fall foliage.
  7. Virginia Sweetspire: Enjoy this great shrub for months. In summer, it offers fragrant white flowers. Then in autumn, it develops rich purple-red leaf color. Plus, it’s very easy to grow.
  8. Witch Hazel: A true plant for autumn, witch hazel leaves turn golden-yellow in fall. As they drop, they’re joined by delightful spidery yellow flowers.
  9. Japanese Maple: One of the best-known plants for an autumn show, Japanese maple turns on their glowing shades of red, orange, or yellow at season’s end.
  10. Burning Bush: This tough shrub earned its common name because of its autumn hues: In fall, the foliage turns glowing shades of red and pink.

These are just a few of the amazing trees and bushes that you can add to your garden. If you would like more information about any of these trees and bushes, please stop by the Garden Center and speak with our knowledgeable staff.

Information for this post came from Better Homes and Gardens.