Don’t retire your shovel just yet! Fall is prime time to give your garden a makeover.
Here’s 5 reasons why:
1. Most of us nurseries are well stocked with hardy late-blooming perennials to refresh your beds with. Some that come to mind are: Sedums (upright and low-growing), Echinacea/Coneflower, Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susan/Rudbeckia, Gaillardia/Blanket Flower, and Hebe.
2. It’s a great time to refresh and add some curb appeal to your front entry-ways, porches, stairways, and driveways. Fall’s jewel-toned plants can really add depth and charm to landscapes and planters. Try adding Cabbage, Kale, and Pansies.
3. Grasses are in prime-time come late summer and fall. Play around with their texture and movement by using them in your landscape beds and even fall containers for your front porch. For a more modern touch, add one pot to either side of your entry-way steps or door. Then place a single grass in each. ‘Carex buchananii’ more commonly known as Leather Leaf Sedge grass is really intriguing and different because it comes in a delicious copper shade.
4. Early Fall is actually the best season to plant. Why? The soil is still warm in September and October, which encourages maximum root growth. Unlike in the spring when the ground is still cold, roots start growing more slowly upon planting. If planted properly (soil tilled, compost added, mulch added around base of plant following planting) plants put into the ground now will have the ideal conditions to grow strong roots over winter, so they’ll be ready to sprint into bloom again next spring.
5. With the air cooling, the trees, shrubs, and perennials being planted will loose less moisture through the leaves.