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Flowering kale

Brassica oleracea

Thank goodness for kale. It's one of the few plants available to add a fresh burst of color and life to the fall landscape! Its leaves come with beautiful variegations in pinks, purples, and reds that blend beautifully with changing autumn foliage. Plant it in spring or in the fall after you tear out tired or frost-damaged annuals such as marigolds and impatiens. It likes rich, well-drained but moist soil.

Shown above: 'Red Pigeon' flowering kale


Part Sun, Sun



1 to 3 feet


12-18 inches wide

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more varieties for Flowering kale

'Chidori White' kale
'Chidori White' kale
Brassica 'Chidori White' offers blue-green heads with large, bright creamy-white centers.
'Peacock Red' kale
'Peacock Red' kale
Brassica 'Peacock Red' offers feathery leaves with rich purple-red centers.
'Pigeon Red' kale
'Pigeon Red' kale
Brassica 'Pigeon Red' offers purple-tinted leaves with rich purple-red centers.
'Redbor' kale
'Redbor' kale
Brassica 'Redbor' offers ruffled leaves in a rich, dark purple shade that mixes well with just about everything.

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For a fall show, plant leadwort. Its gentian-blue late-season flowers often continue to bloom even as the foliage turns brilliant red-orange in fall, making an outstanding autumn display.This plant is also sometimes called plumbago, but it's different from shrubby tropical plumbago. Use it as a groundcover that spreads well when in conditions it likes -- dry sites in full sun to partial shade.
Chrysanthemums are a must-have for the fall garden. No other late-season flower delivers as much color, for as long and as reliably as good ol' mums. Beautiful chrysanthemum flowers, available in several colors, bring new life to a garden in the fall. Some varieties have daisy blooms; others may be rounded globes, flat, fringed, quill shape, or spoon shape. They work exceptionally well in container plantings and pots. Learn more about using mums for a fall-flowering garden.
From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They're must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don't mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice!They're pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It's at this time that you'll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that's part of their charm -- they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!

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