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Fall Refresh with Celosia

Autumn isn't just for pumpkins and mums. While trees and shrubs begin showing off their fall foliage and begin to bloom, you can also add a little pop to your garden by planting a few fall-blooming celosias that will infuse stunning color up until the first frost. This super tough, drought-resistant annual is adored for its unusual style and texture. It comes in an array of vibrant colors including red, yellow, cream, orange, rose, deep magenta and pink. They're perfect for swapping out tired plants in summer containers, or integrating into beds and borders for seasonal interest, or for adding fall curb appeal to your front yard or porch. Here are a few of our favorites:

Celosia Intenz - We just love the purple pleasing color of Celosia Intenz! This annual features showy, purple plumes that bloom throughout the summer and transition right into fall offering amazing color. This versatile plant does well both indoors and out. It looks great on a patio table, in mixed baskets, clustered in the landscape or in a large pot as a filler plant. These also make a great cut flower for indoor arrangements. Celosia Intenz will grow to about 14 inches tall at maturity with a spread of 12 inches. It is considered to be drought-tolerant and prefers a sunny spot. And did we mention that butterflies love it too!

Celosia Dragon’s Breath - Celosia Dragon’s Breath is a vigorous grower that puts on an incredible show of color for mid-late summer into early fall. Featuring upright, jumbo-sized, red-hot plumes accented by rich, maroon foliage that is almost as bright as its blooms. This celosia is well suited for containers and looks stunning in landscape beds. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Dragon’s Breath grows to about 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide. Prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade.

Kelos Fire Celosia - Another eye-catching celosia featuring compact foliage combined with vibrant purple color! Electrifying plumes hold their color through the heat of summer and continue into fall. Great annual color for sunny beds and borders and in containers as a showy accent. Quickly reaches 12 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Use indoors as a fresh cut or dried flower. This long blooming annual loves most soil and full sun locations.

To learn how to add even more color to your fall garden, check out our blog "Trees for Beautiful Fall Color".

Timing Your Fall Veggie Garden

Did you know fall is the perfect time get a delicious veggie garden going? In fact, cooler temperatures make this a great time to plant these crops -- many are even tastier and sweeter harvested after a light frost. If you've never grown fall veggies before, we recommend a crop of leaf lettuce, kale, swiss chard and spinach. These easy to grow plants are great for small spaces like a pallet garden and can often be harvested over many weeks.

The secret to having a great fall veggie garden is getting the timing right and that means thinking a little differently because you have to plan backward if starting with seed. To do this, start with your area's average first fall frost date, which for Hampton Roads is October 15. Then look at the number of days to harvest for each vegetable you wish to plant. You should be able to find that number on the seed packet. Use that number to count back from the first frost date. Then add two weeks; many plants grow more slowly as days shorten in fall.

If you want to start with established plants rather than seeds, we also offer many fall veggies in packs. These plants are ready to plant now for a delicious fall harvest with very little effort. Here’s a few of our favorite veggies to plant now:

  • BROCOLLI
  • CAULIFLOWER
  • BRUSSEL SPROUTS
  • LEAF, HEAD & HEIRLOOM LETTUCES
  • ARUGULA
  • SPINACH

Learn more about what to plant now by downloading our planting schedule guide pdf below.

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Citrus Moonlight Cocktail
Citrus Moonlight Cocktail

Citrus Clair de Lune or "Citrus Moonlight" Cocktail

Make the season a little sweeter with a glass of Citrus Clair de Lune (translated citrus moonlight), a fresh and fragrant concoction, prepared by our own Chef Manu. The blend of sweetness and tart complement each other beautifully, with the decadence of Cointreau and Perrier balanced with a fruity combo of lemon, orange and tangy grapefruit. Cheers!

Cuisine de Jardin with Chef Manu - Citrus Clair de Lune, Citrus Moonlight Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 grapefruits
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 oranges
  • 2 tbs. of white sugar
  • 3 tbs. of brown sugar
  • 1 small bottle of Perrier
  • 1 bottle of Sprite
  • 5 oz. of Cointreau or Grand Marnier

Recipe

  1. Cut and squeeze the citrus (3 grapefruits, 3 lemons and 4 oranges). Mix in a container.
  2. Add both white and brown sugars and mix well.
  3. Next add Perrier and Sprite.
  4. Add Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
  5. Garnish with fresh mint and serve over ice.

NOTE: for a fun twist on this citrusy cocktail, substitute mandarinquat for oranges.

Keep refrigerated.

Santé!