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Vegetable Crops for Fall Color

Vegetable Crops for Fall Color

Color can make a landscape.  Color highlights features of the landscape and draws the eye as a focal point itself.  Spring color is dominated by lush new green growth, Summer brings on flowers of all kind, and fall brings the spectacular show of foliage.

Important!

A new suggestion: use vegetable crops as fall color!

Fall and winter vegetable crops for the panhandle of Florida bring a different hue of colors that can be utilized in the landscape.  Let’s walk through a few that you may want to start seed for to brighten up your fall garden.

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard brings several colors to our finger tips.  Reds, Whites, Greens, and Yellows are all available from different varieties of these crops.  Not only do they bring great color to the landscape but they also are sometimes referred to as the “Champagne” of greens.  They can be directly seeded or transplanted and should be planted 6-12 inches apart.

Swiss Chard Varieties. photo credit - Blake Thaxton

Swiss Chard Varieties. photo credit – Blake Thaxton

 Broccoli & Cauliflower

Broccoli brings a blue/green foliage and Cauliflower various colored heads.  Both can bring great color to the landscape and allow for something delicious to eat in the very near future.  Broccoli and Cauliflower transplants should be used for planting.  Broccoli and cauliflower should be given plenty of room with approximately 24 inches between plants.

Broccoli Varieties. photo credit - Blake Thaxton

Broccoli Varieties. photo credit – Blake Thaxton

Cauliflower Varieties. photo credit - Blake Thaxton

Cauliflower Varieties. photo credit – Blake Thaxton

There are many other crops to consider for fall color such as Lettuces, Cabbages, Kale, Etc.  Comment below with other vegetable crops that can be used for fall color.

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Author: Blake Thaxton – bthaxton@ufl.edu

Santa Rosa County Extension
Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

Blake Thaxton

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