Autumn is just around the corner, and at Matlack Florist, we like to celebrate a little early. We have just received a beautiful array of fall outdoor plants in our nursery this week!
One of our most popular outdoor blooming plants in the fall is the hardy mum. Right now, we are carrying varieties in bright autumn colors like maroon, crimson, and orange, as well as year-round hues such as bright yellow and white. These plants will bloom late from now to late into autumn, and take in mostly sun. Be sure to water mums regularly and never let them wilt, and they will add bright pops of color to your fall beds.
Another plant to add to your autumn outdoor display is the ornamental pepper. While not edible, these small tropical looking bushes add bursts of fiery color to any garden. They require full sunlight and regular watering. Right now, we are displaying the traditional red and purple variety, as well as a variegated leaf pepper and a smaller lime green shade.
The superbells we are carrying at the moment in the shade of “Lemon Slice” are a fun way to add in small blooms of bright color among your beds. They will bloom into the fall and require full sun. What a great way to transition your garden from bright and summery to the new fall hues.
Be sure to keep checking in for new varieties of outdoor plants arriving each week!
Pallets seem to be a hot commodity these days in the DIY market! Not only can you make some fun upcycled furniture, but they’ve become increasingly popular to use in the garden! We’ve collected a few of our favorite flower-centric pallet projects to share with you here! Simply follow the links to find the how-to’s for each of these projects!!
Perfect for a DIY beginner, this project couldn’t be easier! Simply find a pallet that is in good shape, spray paint in the color of your choice, and use the pallet as a shelving unit for your plants! We love the orange and yellow color combo in this photo!!
They say a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind. Well, the same goes for your potting bench!! This garden tool organizer is the perfect solution!
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Get a breath of fresh air without having to leave your home by placing air-cleansing plants around your house! Indoor projects, such as painting, installing carpets or even simply cleaning, unfortunately often release toxins into the air in your home. Three of the biggest offenders found in most homes include formaldehyde , benzene and trichloroethylene.
Luckily, nature has a way of cleaning up after us!! The following plants are known to have air cleansing properties. Displaying any of the these plants will not only bring a natural touch of beauty into your home, but will also lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment!
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy filters all three of the big offenders listed above! An excellent climber, English Ivy is best potted with a stake that allows the vine to climb, or in a hanging basket that allows the vines to grow over the sides. This plant thrives in small spaces with little sunlight, and it is very easy to care for! Simply water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies are one of the best plants when it comes to air filtration! In addition to removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, this air purifier also combats toluene, xylene and ammonia! A low light location is ideal for this plant and weekly watering will keep it in tip-top shape! Be careful not to overwater your peace lily – this is the most common mistake made with regard to its care. Your plant will let you know when it is thirsty as the leaves will begin to look droopy. Give it a little drink and it will perk right back up!
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If you’re looking to add some fall flavor to your garden this season, there’s nothing that will do the job better than a mum plant! If you want to plant these blooming beauties so that they come back for you year after year, follow the instructions below, provided by Matlack Florist’s nursery manager, Penny.
Mum Planting Instructions and Care
- Choose a location outdoors for planting. Generally, a well-drained area that receives full sun or bright, partial shade is best. A protected area away from strong winter winds will help the plant to “winter-over” much easier.
- Remove the plant from the pot and place it in a hole no deeper than it’s original pot. Fill the hole with soil, forming a “saucer-like” lip at the base of the plant to prevent water run-off.
- After the plant has blossomed, cut the entire plant back to 6″ from the ground level. Mulch over with leaves to protect the mum from winter damage.
- Remove the mulch in the spring and the plant should begin to sprout.
- In June, cut the mum back to 1/3 of its size and fertilize with a general-purpose fertilizer. The mum will flower in the fall.
- To prevent the mum from growing too tall and spindly, cut it back again in mid-July up to 1/3 of its size.
So now that you have the know-how, get outside, plant some mums, and enjoy this beautiful fall weather while it lasts!