The Planter’s Palette garden center is now closed for the winter. We can’t wait to welcome you back for another season of growing on April 1, 2017!
The office and landscape division of The Planter’s Palette are also closed from 12/24/16 – 1/8/17. They will reopen on Monday, January 9. Winter hours for both the office and landscape division are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
Kick off the holiday season at our Open House on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy Fran’s famous ebelskivers while checking out our large selection of lush greens, wreaths and roping.
Take home our most popular decorating shortcut – our greens slip-ins, ready to slip in to your own decorative pots.
A number of free demonstrations about holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving will be held throughout the day. Or stop in and watch Barb as she creates our gorgeous greens containers.
We know Labor Day can be a big weekend for getting things done around the garden, and we are here for you. We are open on Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you want to add more autumnal colors to your landscape but don’t have enough space for an Autumn Blaze maple, plant perennials that boast showy fall foliage color as temperatures cool.
Amsonia tabernaemontana, commonly called willow leaf amsonia, is a generous-sized selection. After its steel blue flower clusters charm the garden in early summer and its willow-like leaves remain fresh and attractive all summer, the foliage of willow leaf amsonia glows a gorgeous golden yellow in fall. Looking more like a shrub than a perennial, it grows up to 3 feet tall and wide. Its best show of flowers and foliage is achieved in full sun and well-drained soil.
Another blue-flowering perennial that sports outstanding fall color is leadwort. Botanically known as Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, its gentian blue flowers are set off by the bronze-scarlet foliage. This perennial is often planted as a ground cover or short filler in the garden. It is late to emerge in spring, so take care not to disturb its roots or accidentally dig it up during spring clean up. Leadwort benefits from an extra blanket of mulch over winter.
Most gardeners appreciate their perennial geraniums throughout the summer for their long-blooming flowers. But in fall, some types put on a striking display when their foliage turns combinations of orange and red. This group of plants, commonly referred to as cranebills, is adaptable to a wide variety of growing conditions including light shade. They are often used as fillers knitting other plants together into a lovely perennial tapestry.
The shiny, cabbage-like foliage of bergenia is why most gardeners choose this perennial for the front of their shady border. Its broad leaves contrast nicely with fine-leaved companions like astilbes or ferns. Another reason may be its showy flower clusters lifted by stout stems early in spring. Fall color could be another when dazzling bronzy-red leaves create a carpet of color that often lasts well into winter.
The strong lines of ornamental grasses are accentuated in the fall when their foliage puts on their autumnal hues. While many grasses turn a warm tawny shade complementing drying seed heads of coneflowers and sedum, some types of maiden grass dazzle with color. November Sunset turns yellow and orange; Purpurescens glows purple-red.
Even if your yard is space challenged, you can have a landscape filled with fall color. Choose carefully and enjoy the show!