is a great time to plant not only woody ornamentals but
containers. In the south we are fortunate to be able to
color 365 days a year. Our summer plants have been spectacular
is time to change them out. Many folks wait until the last
minute because those summer plants are looking good, reviving
after the dog days of summer. We want to remove those plants
when the temperatures are in the 50's and 60's so that when
we plant our fall and winter plants they'll have time to
establish their roots while temperatures are reasonably
warm giving them their best chance for success.
Rather than just throwing our old plants out Dr. Rick has
for using some of those plants. With perennials, find a
place in the
landscape for them. When buying them in the spring think
of those that
you may want in your landscape. Instead of putting them
in the ground,
put them in containers, see how they grow, see if they flower,
do well in the sun, in shade, etc. Then in the fall, when
change your container, you'll know where to put them in
Heuchara is one of Dr. Rick's favorites. This is a purple
in fact it's called Purple Velvet. It added a lot of color
container, added visual height and depth to the composition.
herbaceous and will withstand temperatures down to minus
20 degrees and will now be a great addition to your yard.
Ivy is another great plant. It provides a nice trailing,
cascading effect. This plant is called
"yellow ripple," has variegated leaves and adds
interest to any
environment. It will withstand temperatures down to about
degrees, so it too can go into our landscape.
Another possibility for our containers is to bring some
during the winter. That is especially true for plants that
the shade like Coleus. They make good houseplants as long
as they receive bright, indirect light. Don't over water
them when inside. Acclimate them or move them inside slowly
over a couple of weeks. After we repot them, initially bring
them inside for several hours a day so they get used to
low light. Another option is to take cuttings and replant.
Typically we root them in water but with the Coleus, because
the roots are so brittle, a better strategy is to take the
cuttings and put them in a good premium potting mix. The
roots won't be so delicate and won't break off when transplanted.
Either way - with cuttings or the whole plant - bring them
inside, put them in a bright area like an atrium or south
facing window and you have house plants for the whole winter.
Dr. Rick looks at new and unusual, different plants for
for fall. First, he meets with Warren Davenport of Timbercrest
in Cartersville Georgia. Warren has some really unusual
plants, although in some respects plants we've see before.
These are adult Ivies, genus Hedera Genus. They are forms
that stay upright and are not a typical ground cover. The
plants that creep along the ground are probably 20 years
younger than these Ivies. It takes about 10-20 years to
become an adult. They have to mature, crawl up something,
get exposed to the elements and that triggers something
in them to flower and fruit. From that Warren has learned
to take cuttings which he can keep in an adult form as a
shrub or small tree. Warren has turned these into landscape
shrubs. They can be placed in containers. In his research
over the past 6 years they will make it through the winter.
They add color, form and character to the container and
are unusual. They're rich looking, have a coarse texture
and become a real focal point plant in the winter. These
plants require a low amount of water and are great for containers.
Glacier was the first Warren developed. It started as a
and as an adult will grow to 5 to 5 and one half feet tall.
He has a
plant that is cascading or prostrate as an adult, it will
stay about 2
to 2 and one half feet tall.
Warren has found that by taking terminal cuttings he can
get an upright
growth as opposed to side shoot cuttings. Princess Grace
has a very
dark leaf, flowers and fruit. It stays about 3 and one half
feet tall and
about the same width. Green Spice has a glossy, coarse texture,
flowers and fruit will form in January and February and
will be black.
It's unique in habit, grows to about 4 feet tall and as
much as 6 feet
We're going to use the Glacier in our container. Since this
dryer conditions we'll leave it in it's container. A container
container. This allows us to water the other plants more,
Ivy a little drier. Keep the stake for at least the first
allowing the plant to develop a little more girth.
You really get more seasonal color for your dollar with
than any other. If you plant in September or October many
times the plants will bloom or look good into May or June.
Dr. Rick shows us some
interesting plants for this time of year , something different
Pansies, Flowering Cabbage or Kale. We view a Carex called
Taffy Twist. It is upright, kind of bronze, good looking,
Another Carex is more variegated, more chartreuse, still
upright for a
vertical interest in containers. Both like moist soil, don't
dry. If you want something dry consider Sage, Iceterina.
tri-colored leaf with a lot of variegation. Use it ornamentally
them for cooking. Another variety of Sage is purple leafed,
Purpurescens, it's great for the kitchen as well as the
Callebracawa looks like a Petunia, tolerates cool temperatures
about 25 degrees. Arissima is variegated, has an upright
coloring around the edge, adds spice and interest to the
Nemesia, this variety is called Bluebird, doesn't tolerate
temperatures, is great for the fall but would do well in
the spring and
summer. Osteospermos, are plants getting attention lately.
Symphony, Vanilla Symphony and Orange Symphony will tolerate
temperatures down to 25 degrees. They will add a real bright
containers, but put them in protected areas of the landscape.
Heron's Wood Mist, is variegated. Another Tierella, Iron
cut up leaves, very upright, white to Orange flowers. They
temperatures down to minus 30, thus are perennials in most
parts of the south. Creeping Wire Grass is from New Zealand,
it tolerates zone 5 to 9 and again will be a perennial.
It's semi evergreen, it's leaves are
leathery, it cascades over the side of a container or is
cover. Berginia, Tubby Andrews has a very coarse textured
leaf, an upright form, a variegated leaf and upright flower
stalk. Ajuga is also known as Bugle Weed. We look at three
varieties. Chocolate Chip, the leaves are very small, more
linear, but tight and stalky. Burgundy Glove is a little
lighter in color. Mahogany has a deep rich color. These
outstanding plants for fall containers. Don't forget about
plants but try some new plants as well.
We will now finish planting the container. We've already
mature Ivy in the center, it will provide vertical interest.
To go with
the Ivy we've chosen Calibrochia. It is bright purple and
intense almost florescent color to the composition. It should
over the container. We'll add Sage, Purpuserescen, to provide
depth and a little more purple to the composition, variety
in texture and a change of shape. Also added is the Mahogany
Ajuga, it too will cascade over the side and add deep, rich
color. It is a simple color scheme, but attractive and makes
good use of different forms and textures.
Our container garden contest has been going on all season
we've had a tremendous response. People from throughout
the south have sent us numerous pictures of their outstanding
containers. Their hard work was evident. We thank everyone
that sent us pictures. It was a shame everyone couldn't
be a winner. We did, however, choose a winner.
Fannie Goodwin is our winner. She lives in Austel, Georgia
and she has
put together an absolutely exquisite combination of annuals
Fannie is surprised, overwhelmed and appreciates the honor.
she will now get her 5 minutes of glory (and she deserves
was having trouble digging lots of holes in the ground,
matching pots and wanted to compliment the color of the
chose a tall pot, which allows excellent drainage and it
will hold a lot of
plant material. She is using one of Dr. Rick's favorite
putting containers in the garden, not just on a porch or
deck. Since it
is raining we are in a protected area, not in her garden
container would normally be placed. Because the container
is so full it
is hard to tell about the soil. However, Fannie starts with
conditioner, mixes it in a wheel barrow, then she adds a
potting mix and some slow release fertilizer. She feels
it's better to mix it in rather than throw it on top so
even the roots will grow. The color
scheme is relatively simple, not monochromatic, but not
too busy. She
has a mix of textures, large leaves, on an Elephant Ear
that she paid
$12, has turned green. Next to that she has small leaves,
Painted Fern, a perennial. Fannie says at her age perennials
favorite because you don't have to dig each year. And she
has a lot of
textural difference. Height wise it is in proportion, the
about 2 times the height of the container. Fannie didn't
that when designing the container, but we know she knew
good. Also in the container, adding height is an Angle Wing
She has had this plant for 40 years, it is her heirloom
plant. Since it is
not a perennial, she over winters it by bringing it into
thanks to a helpful young neighbor. From a catalog she has
Flowering Maple or Abeutelon. They are perennial, these
came back this
year, others didn't. In zone 7 they probably need heavy
mulch in the
winter. Included also is Sedum, Purple Emperor a very pretty
Fannie's daughter Rebecca Lee helps her with her gardening.
named their place "The gardens of Sumpter Place"
because she says sadly today they don't have much competition.
There are annuals and
perennials in this container. There are even herbs present,
one lasted through the winter, the sage. There is also Greek
Oregano and mint. Herbs not only add beauty but can be used
in the kitchen. Fannie even has an indoor plant Pepperomia,
they're almost forgotten and squashed by the Impatiens.
Impatiens aren't Fannie's favorite plant but do provide
good color to the container, you can count on them every
summer and they fill in, especially around the base. One
of her favorites is an ornamental pepper. She can't go to
a garden center without buying something, rarely does she
think about what she will do with the new addition. This
plant couldn't be indoors or on the porch because of the
kitten so she stuck it in this container. It is colorful,
interesting and could be used in cooking. Her favorite colors
are pinks and roses, she's not really into reds and likes
Lantana mostly because it grows. Dr. Rick thinks she has
a good range of colors. Additionally Fannie has an ornamental
iron butterfly. It adds balance and interest. She chose
the butterfly because she taught school for thirty five
years. Kids would always give her things and she started
collecting butterflies and she felt those would go well
with her plants.
Fannie says she is surprised. The visit made her day, month
summer. She is to be congratulated, her container is beautiful.
She has done a wonderful job. "The Southern Gardener"
especially thanks Fannie and we thank all of our viewers
We've enjoyed producing the show this season and think it
is our best
series of shows yet. We look forward to a little time off
forward to 2003 and a whole new season of "The Southern
Thanks to all of our viewers and thanks to our corporate
all of you have made this possible.
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