A quick pick-me-up could be chrysanthemums, which are synonymous with fall.
Mums have been vigorously hybridized, which permits a choice of many colors and shapes. Familiar types include spider, daisy, pompom, cushion or the Belgian type, which was developed through 20 years of research.
You may plant mums in window boxes, containers or housebound as annuals. But if you plant them in the landscape in early September, they may survive the winter and be around next spring, especially if you mulch them heavily in late October.
Mums are heavy feeders and respond well to weekly watering and fertilization, but they don't like to sit in water. Color begins to appear on most mums in early September, and full blossoms show by mid-September with blooms fading in mid- to late October.
When the blooms fade do not cut off the brown stems as they hold the plant in place when the cold winds blow during winter.
Ornamental cabbage and kale also compliment mums and pansies while adding a dash of color to the fall garden.
“Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light with skies a deeper blue and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled.”
– Author unknown