Tidewater Times October 2019

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Eye-catching Fall Colors October is an active gardening month. The fall color on deciduous trees and shrubs can be complemented by adding mums and pansies to the landscape. Both are still available at garden centers. Besides mums and pansies, f lowering cabbage and kale offer the consumer a plant that is both

colorful and long-lasting in the landscape. While many f lowering plants, including garden mums, lose their f lowers and color after several touches of frost, f lowering cabbage and kale will intensify in color. If we have a fairly mild winter, these f lowers will last until next spring. The central leaves of