Quick Autumn Color

Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)

Remember the TV show where a contestant was given the chance to choose and keep as many items as she could shove into a shopping cart in just one minute? That is how I felt Tuesday when I stopped in at a favorite garden center, Southern States, while my husband waited in the car.

I have grown some snapdragons from seeds for the first time, but was looking for the immediate gratification of fully blooming plants.

Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)

Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)

I took the last Erysimum on the shelf. I grew ‘Sugar Rush Red’ once before and it did well for a couple of years.

Erysimum ‘Sugar Rush Red’ (Wallflower)

I have not planted pansies in recent years, though a few pop up in springtime from past lives. These will be bright and cheery and the white dianthus will make a nice companion.

Ultima Radiance Lilac Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

At the end of five minutes my cart was full and I had to rush on. Sometimes you can buy a little happiness.

Corona™ White Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis)
Ultima Radiance Lilac Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
Sorbet® XP White Viola (Viola cornuta) Common Name : Horned Violet
Sorbet® XP True Blue Viola (Viola cornuta) Common Name : Horned Violet
Erysimum ‘Sugar Rush Red’ (Wallflower)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket Mix’ (Snapdragon)

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26 thoughts on “Quick Autumn Color

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Pansies will survive very cold temperatures and will bloom through the winter. Snapdragons may not look as nice but both they and pansies will bounce back in late winter and bloom until it gets hot. I should have planted them much sooner though so they could have time to adjust before our soon to arrive cold weather.

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  1. Kris P

    I hope all do well, Susie. I’ve got some snapdragon seeds on the shelf waiting to be sown but after seeing the plants in 6-packs at the garden center I may pick pick some of those up too. Snapdragons are magnets for rust here but I plan to space them more widely this year to see if improving the air circulation helps.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope giving them extra space helps with the rust Kris. I support you if you decide to pick up the six-packs! My plants from seeds did ok but I started them late and now they need to be planted. It will drop to 20F. tonight!

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  2. Cathy

    Wow, you did well in five minutes! Not sure I have ever managed to limit my stay in a garden centre like that! 😉 Our garden centres are practically empty now anyway. Enjoy all that late colour Susie!

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  3. Beth@PlantPostings

    You got some real beauties. I noticed my ‘Rocket Mix’ snapdragons are still alive–even after we had a low of 8F the other night. They’re near the house, on the west side–so they get warm afternoon sun. But still–that’s amazing. Enjoy your new beauties!

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  4. bittster

    I love the colors, those will make such a nice splash of color this winter and they’re a great reward for making it through the heat of summer! Here things are transitioning to gray with colder weather on the way. Enjoy planting!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      These three wallflowers were the only ones left. I wondered if people just didn’t like that color but I was excited. I’m hoping these will hang on during winter and wake up again in early spring.

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