Gardening with Allen

Plant Chrysanthemums, Asters and Pansies Now

Potted chrysanthemums and asers are available in stores now. They are in bud and bloom and will give almost instant color for several weeks in the fall. Mums and asters are perennial flowers that will overwinter and bloom again next fall.

If you would like color through fall, most of the winter, and early next spring, nothing does the job like pansies and flowering kale. The sooner you plant, the better plants will establish themselves before winter. Try planting a bed near your entry or where you can look at them from the back deck. Tubs and planter boxes are good locations for pansies too. You can even plant them between summer flowering annuals, so they will be established when the summer annuals are through blooming.

Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture. Additional gardening information is available on his web site: under "how to guide". A monthly email garden newsletter can also be signed up for on this site or by sending a request to