KEZI In The Garden ~ Fall Plants to Celebrate the Harvest!

Aired 9/28- Fall Plants- Celebrate the Harvest

Mums, ornamental cabbage and kale, along with pansies, grasses, and heucheras have become popular choices for fall decorations due to their vibrant colors, resilience in cooler weather, and symbolic significance. The history of decorating for fall with plants has deep cultural and seasonal roots.

Mums have a long association with fall due to their natural bloom time during the season. Their range of colors, including warm tones like red, orange, and yellow, perfectly complement the autumnal color palette. Mums are also hardy plants that can withstand cooler temperatures, making them a practical choice for fall displays.

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are valued for their stunning foliage, which features shades of purple, pink, green, and white. Ornamental cabbage and kale thrive in cooler weather and can tolerate light frost, making them suitable for autumn displays.

Pansies are known for their ability to bloom in cooler temperatures, making them ideal for fall and even winter displays. Pansies come in a wide range of colors, including bold and pastel shades. Their cheerful blooms add a pop of color to fall decorations.

Ornamental grasses, with their graceful swaying in the breeze, add a dynamic element to fall displays. Their feathery plumes and wispy foliage create a sense of movement and elegance. Grasses often take on beautiful warm tones of gold, bronze, and copper in the fall, harmonizing with the changing colors of the season.

Heuchera is valued for its stunning foliage, which comes in an array of colors, including shades of red, orange, purple, and bronze. These colors echo the warm hues of fall. The richly colored foliage of heuchera provides a striking contrast to other fall plants and decorations. Its vibrant leaves stand out in garden beds and containers.

The tradition of decorating for fall with plants has its roots in ancient cultures and agricultural practices. Many societies celebrated the harvest season with festivals and decorations, which often included plants.

Today, the tradition of using plants to decorate for fall continues, and it’s not limited to specific cultural practices. These plants evoke a sense of coziness and celebration as people transition from the warmth of summer to the cool embrace of autumn.

As you decorate for Fall take time to reflect & celebrate on your harvest from your year in your garden and your life.

KEZI In The Garden ~ Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Eternal Fragrance Daphne – Aired 9/21

Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ is a remarkable perennial shrub that not only adds beauty to your garden but also fills the air with its intoxicatingly sweet scent. It’s a must-have for any garden, and here’s why:

This plant starts with the word ‘Eternal’ for a reason. It blooms not once, but continually throughout the Summer into the Fall. Clusters of delicate pink and white flowers exude a fragrance that’s simply irresistible, making it a magnet for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

It prefers partial shade to filtered sunlight and well-drained soil. Regular watering is important during its establishment period, getting the root system some extra help during transplanting with a root stimulator and a layer of mulch to help maintain soil moisture and protect from a deep freeze.”

This Daphne is relatively low-maintenance and also deer-resistant. Average size is 2-3 ft tall and wide.

So, whether you’re an avid gardener or just starting out, the Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ is an exquisite addition that promises fragrance, charm, and a touch of magic to your outdoor oasis.

KEZI In The Garden ~ Sombrero Echinacea

Sombrero Echinacea – Aired 9/14

Today, we’re shining a spotlight on the captivating Sombrero Echinacea series—plants that are making gardening look easy. Here are a few reasons why you may consider adding this echinacea to your garden:

· One notable feature of the Sombrero series is its more compact growth habit compared to some other echinacea varieties. This makes them well-suited for smaller gardens, containers, and landscaping where space may be limited.

· The Sombrero echinacea are known for their prolific blooming. These plants produce a profusion of large, daisy-like flowers with vibrant colors, creating an eye-catching display in the garden.

· Like other echinacea varieties, the Sombrero series offers a relatively long blooming period, extending from early summer well into the fall. This extended flowering duration provides continuous color and interest throughout the growing season.

· The Sombrero series includes a range of flower colors, including shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. This diversity allows gardeners to choose the color that best complements their garden’s design.

· The strong stems of Sombrero echinacea make them excellent cut flowers for arrangements. The sturdy stems help the flowers hold up well in both the garden and in vases.

· Like all echinacea varieties, the Sombrero series is a magnet for pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The nectar-rich flowers provide a valuable food source for these beneficial insects.

· Sombrero echinacea are relatively low-maintenance plants. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and require well-drained soil. Once established, they are generally drought-tolerant and can handle a range of weather conditions from hot to very cold.

· Even after the blooming season, the dried seed heads of the Sombrero series remain attractive and provide winter interest in the garden. They can also serve as a food source for birds.

In summary, the Sombrero series of echinacea stands out for its compact growth, abundant and colorful blooms, long flowering period, sturdy stems, and ability to attract pollinators. These features make the Sombrero series a popular choice among gardeners looking to add a vibrant and versatile perennial to their landscapes.

KEZI In The Garden ~ Fall Veggies

Fall Veggies 9/7

As the fall season approaches, many are turning their attention to their gardens. Fall gardening is a wonderful way to extend your growing season and enjoy fresh produce. There are several vegetables that thrive in the cooler temperatures of autumn.

If you’re looking to grow your own fresh produce, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest vegetables to grow during the fall months.

Leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, and kale are fantastic options for fall gardening. They not only tolerate cool temperatures but often taste even better after a light frost. You can start them from seeds or transplants, and they’ll provide you with nutritious greens for salads and cooking.

Peas, radishes, and carrots thrive in cooler weather, and their sweet flavor develops nicely in fall. Make sure to choose varieties with shorter maturity times to ensure a successful harvest before the frost arrives. They are easy to do by directly seeding in early Fall.

Broccoli and Cauliflower are easy cool-season crops that can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest. They’re not only tasty but also packed with nutrients, making them a valuable addition to your garden.

Fall gardening is a rewarding experience that lets you enjoy fresh produce even as the weather cools down. Remember to provide your plants with proper care, including watering, good soil fertilizer and protection from frost if needed. With these easy-to-grow vegetables, you’ll be well on your way to a successful fall harvest.

KEZI In The Garden – Ferns for All Seasons

“Ferns for All Seasons: Evergreen and Deciduous Varieties in the Pacific Northwest”-Air Date 8/31

Sometimes it is hard to tell what kind of fern you should get for your garden beds, container, or property because there are so many different types out there. How big do they get and do they keep their fronds or die back in the winter are questions you might wonder when looking at ferns. Here is some helpful information that can help you decide what fern might best suit your area.

 

Evergreen ferns in the Pacific Northwest:

1. Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant): 1-2 feet in height and spread.

2. Autum Fern & Wood Fern (Dryopteris) 1.5-2 ft in height and spread

3. Western Sword Fern (Polystichum minutum): 2-2.5 feet in height and spread.

4. Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum): slowly grows to 2 feet in height and spread.

5. Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides): 2-3 feet in height and spread

6. Holly Fern (Crytomium) 2-2.5-3 feet in height and spread

 

Deciduous (dies back in winter) ferns in the Pacific Northwest:

1. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum): 1-2 feet in height and spread.

2. Sensitive Fern (Onoclea Sensibilis) 2-3 ft in height and spread

3. Lady Ferns (Athyrium): 2-3 feet in height and spread.

4. Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) 3-3 feet in height and spread

5. Male Fern (Dryopteris Filix-max) 3-4 ft in height and spread

 

Each type of fern has unique foliage that can be quite impactful when paired with other plants or planted in mass in your garden. Knowing the size and whether the fern is sticking around for the winter months or dying back to the ground can really help guide you choice and placement.

 

One final tip is that many evergreen ferns can benefit from pruning some or all of the older fronds in late winter/early spring as the new fronds start to emerge. Pruning the old fronds will give more room to the showier new growth.

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