Violas and Veggies and Mums, Oh My!

October is nearly upon us, and while kids are getting excited about Halloween costumes and fall festivals, their moms are sharpening their shovels for fall planting. So far autumn has been all about Atlanta lawn maintenance, but mark your calendars, because the cooler temperatures of mid-October will mean it’s finally time to dig around in that Georgia dirt. To help you plan your fall foliage, here are some of our favorite seasonal blooms.


  • Mums: Gardeners cultivate chrysanthemums year after year. Cherished for their bold brightness and dense, sweeping flowers, mums will spice up any dull fall lawn. Find them in pinks, oranges, and whites, ranging from quilled to pompom petals. Florist mums often wither under early winter frosts, so line your landscape with the garden variety.
  • Pansies: Full of bright, showy blooms, pansies are a southern garden tradition in the fall. Beloved for their rich, varied shades, pansies are hardy enough to survive the mild frosts of late autumn in Georgia. With their large faces and dramatic colors combinations, pansies add striking variety to your holiday landscape.
  • Violas: Increasingly, violas are a must-have in any Altanta fall garden. Their bevy of color, ranging from pastels to jewel tones to bold brights, gives your landscape an unsurpassed flash for fall. Unlike pansies, violas are sturdy enough to endure winter, often blooming from autumn well into spring.


Adding veggies to your autumn beds has ornamental value as well as nutritional benefits. Vegetables are hardy, able to survive the cooling temperatures, and their bright leaves or blooms accent the aesthetics of your fall flowers. Kale, swiss chard, and mustard thrive in October gardens, flourishing well into the cooler seasons.

Planting around October 15 gives your seasonal garden room to establish and thrive before facing winter frosts. Sensational colors add a pop to your Smyrna landscape design, carrying your classic garden through the seasonal change and into the holidays. Enjoy your autumn blooms in groomed beds, cut flowers to decorate your table, or transplant your flora into indoor planters for a mood boost every time you enter the house.

Bloom’n Gardens is the expert in Smyrna, Vinings, and Atlanta landscape design. Call us for tips and tricks for fall planting.

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