Cooler temperatures signal that it is time to get back to work in the garden. We took a nice break…if you can call watering everyday a nice break. But now it is time to critically evaluate our landscape from perennial beds to shrubs, trees and roses.
Take a look at your garden right now. What do you see? Take a look at the neighborhood landscapes including roadway medians and business landscapes. What do you see? The perennial palette is rich with fall colors beginning in August and they really begin showing up all over now! With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well.
Most everybody is familiar with Goldstrum Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises. You will see them all around town now. Why? Because they are hardy, dependable, easy to care for perennial plants that reliably bloom in August. Right about the time we are beginning to sense a change in the seasons and in the mood for a little touch of fall. Is it over used? How can a mass of beautiful golden yellow daises be too much!?
Looking for an addition or alternative to Black-eyed Susans? Hardy asters are available in a variety of colors in the blue, pink and white shades and a variety of heights from 8-10” dwarf to 36” tall. Tough, dependable late season color. Another great late season bloomer to consider is Autumn Joy Sedum, with it’s tall pink flowers on a succulent plant. Perfect late season color for the middle of the garden at 15-20” tall blooming with strong stems that require no staking.
This is a good time to plant in the landscape because the temperatures have cooled down and there will be less stress put upon the newly planted landscape plants, giving them a better chance to get settled in their new home. And because the soil temperatures are warm, the roots will be stimulated to grow into the surrounding soil. Which is exactly what we want to see so that plant will be well established before it gets cold. All planting now will help us get a head start for next season.
Take a stroll through the Creek Side Perennial Pathway and Woodland Walkway in the nursery to find beautiful Grown Fresh perennials, shrubs and trees for your garden. Have questions? Just let our Green Team staff of gardening experts help you.