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TENNESSEE’S EXPERT GROWERS SAY THINK OUTSIDE THE FLOWER BOX FOR FALL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans tend to pursue two basic flowering plants in the fall: chrysanthemums, and, for even cooler weather, pansies. Mums and pansies are great staples in Tennessee to add to fall color, but there are several other types of flowering plants that do very well for fall in Tennessee.
makes sense to go to the experts to get garden and landscape ideas, and in
Most of these growers have their plant selections growing on site, so you don’t have to worry about plants being stressed from getting transported in hot trucks with little water for an undetermined length of time. Plus, you have the chance to get planting and care information firsthand from the person who grew the plants, something you can’t receive from most of the larger “box” stores. When you visit these prolific producers, remember to take a notepad and pencil, because it’ll be hard to remember all their recommendations.
several different varieties of fall bloomers including Salvia and Cuphea,”
offers Rita Randolph of
Some other colorful fall plants recommended by Randolph include Heuchera, also known as coral-bells, which are known for their vibrant fall foliage, pink Anemone that have very showy blooms to attract butterflies, and hardy Ageratum, a native Tennessee plant with multiple misty blue flowers.
“Most of our perennials, including black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower, will bloom right up until frost,” says Tim Hitchcock of Daylily Nursery in Rock Island. “Some of our daylilies will continue blooming as well.”
Pansies and their smaller counterpart, violas, also famous for fall and winter bloom color, can be grouped with ornamental cabbage and kale, also popular for their colorful cold weather foliage, to make a bright late fall combination. A good cold tolerant cabbage is “Ruby Perfection,” but cold-loving lettuces like arugula and kales like “Redbore” and “Red Russian” are also sure bets.
Lorraine Sutton of M & L Greenhouse in Shelbyville sell mums, pansies, cabbage and kale and, for those who’d love to have a beautiful view without all the sweat equity, Sutton has a full service garden center and landscaping service. The Suttons remind customers that spring flowers like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths come in bulb form and need to be planted in the fall, generally 4-6 weeks before first frost.
is another plant that mixes well with pansies this time of year,” says Jean
Anthony of Anthony’s Greenhouse and Herb Farm in
our best mum crop in several years,” says Vera Ann Myers, of Myers Greenhouse
in Bulls Gap. A member of the Northeast Tennessee Specialty Growers, her
family also has a corn maze and pumpkin patch this time of year. Because her
customers like to come straight to the farm to pick up a little outdoor
autumn day fun along with their homegrown mums, “We tend to stay very busy in
the fall.” The Northeast Tennessee Specialty Growers is an association made
up of local family-owned nurseries and greenhouses. The group works together
always keep a nice selection of mums, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale,
as well as ornamental grasses for this time of year,” says Ann Gaut of Ann’s
Greene Haus in
For a list of local flower growers statewide, including the Northeast Tennessee Specialty Growers or more information on fall plants visit www.picktnproducts.org and click on Nursery Products, or contact TDA Market Development at 615-837-5160.