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Oct 10, 2017
Fall Accents – Try Something Different
Jeff Gibson Ball Seed Landscape Business Manager

New genetics in garden mums ... textural plant accents ... a widening color assortment...

It’s time to think differently about fall color! Recently I contributed an article to Canada’s Communities in Bloom publication where I shared ways to pump up your seasonal landscape design.

Now is a great time to think about next year’s strategy for dynamic seasonal color. With such a cornucopia of Fall-blooming plants at your disposal, getting your timing and selection plans in-place now will help you add another dimension to your Autumn garden displays.

Grapeberry Purple is a real workhorse that offers superb color even in the heat. This brilliant purple is best-in-class for natural-season flowering, and has extremely prolific flowering.

The new Majesty Red garden mum has excellent performance in the early part of peak Fall sales. It has very uniform flowering for landscape designs and features an appealing European growth habit.

SKYFALL garden mums have an attractive trailing habit for hanging baskets or mixed combination planters, giving you more flexibility to decorate the season.
 
As the name implies, Panola XP® is a pansy that acts like a viola – the best of both worlds! Panola XP has larger flowers, stands up well to the weather, and is vigorous with less stretch in landscapes. The series offers a wide range of Fall colors; mix them and match them in your design to expand Autumn’s color palette.

To add texture and interest, consider ornamental millet, like Jester and new Copper Prince. Both have a mini corn-like appearance with showy foxtail panicles that draw in wild birds for even more interest in the landscape.
 
Celosia Intenz is another great choice for landscapes and mixing texture in containers. The colors Red and Lipstick mix well with other Fall flowers, and they complement décor like pumpkins, hay bales, cabbage and cornstalks.

Ball Seed offers an extensive selection of garden mums – each one trialed and tested – and backed by solid culture information with outstanding customer support. I encourage you to contact your Ball Seed sales rep for more details or visit www.ballseed.com.

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