Name: Ornamental Cabbages and Kales
Type of Plant: Annuals for planting in the fall that will last and be colorful (in most areas) into January.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love ornamental cabbages and kales because they add great color and last so long in the autumn-into-winter garden. As the temperatures grow colder, these plants get more vivid in color. They also continue to grow, so you’ll get taller and wider plants as fall progresses into the colder months.
A Word to the Wise: Once you plant these, be sure to water once a week if it doesn’t rain. Like all plants recently placed in the ground, these have a root system the size of the pot and they will dry out if they go five to six days without watering.
Also, early in the fall the white cabbage butterfly is still floating about laying eggs on members of the brassica family…so spraying these with Bt or spinosad after planting will protect them from the holes the cabbage looper larvae make.