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Nordic’s fall hanging basket program was created in-house, and I asked Stephanie Grier, Nordic General Manager, if she could share the company’s philosophy.

“Today there is such a connection between people and plants,” said Grier, “and when people start to lose the enjoyment of their summer baskets, we thought it would be nice if they replanted in autumn and winter. We knew there wouldn’t be that many colorful fall flowers, so we relied more on fall foliage and texture. “

Strong pendants give you a lot of length and add to the vertical aspect of your fall garden.  For Brian Minter Garden Column in the Vancouver Sun, published August 22, 2020 (Photo: Nordic Nurseries) [PNG Merlin Archive]Strong pendants give you a lot of length and add to the vertical aspect of your fall garden. Photo by Nordic Nurseries

Grier also pointed out that in the fall, with cooler temperatures and more uncertain weather conditions, the baskets would need plants that could cope better with these conditions. Evergreen shrubs, grasses, food, and grapevines are the main ingredients, and winter-blooming pansies and calibrachoas add color to this mix.

“While we don’t have that many plants to choose from at this time of year, we use special combinations of plants to achieve the beautiful look that people want on their patios,” explained Grier.

In the fall, Nordic prefers preformed 14-inch and 16-inch moss and coca fiber shapes. You no longer plant side by side; Now all they have to do is plant plants with larger plants to get the maximum effect. Grier said they like to use baskets that can be reused in the spring; However, depending on the winter, your baskets will in many cases still look good next summer.

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