Guide to Fall Plantings
With the weather getting cooler and the nightfall arriving sooner that means only one thing, Fall is approaching! Fall is an ideal time for planting a great variety of beautiful and delicious plants in your garden. Air temperatures are dropping, but the soil is still quite warm – perfect for root development. Fall temperatures are also more pleasant for the gardener, so grab your favorite spade or trowel and get ready to dig.
Cooler daytime temperatures makes Autumn a great time to plant your Pansies, trees & shrubs, Perennials, and divide the Hosta plants. Chrysanthemums are perfect for mass plantings in the fall due to their tight, mounded growth habit and stunning bloom cover. Vegetables like Carrots, Cabbage, Kale, and Radishes will also thrive in the cool fall weather. Fall is also the best time to plant pansies because the still-warm soil temperatures give their roots time to establish. While direct sunlight will be less likely to singe plants, soil temperatures are still conducive for planting growth.
Fall planting is very important to those who are either changing or establishing a garden, as some of the most beautiful plants will emerge with Spring; Spring-blooming bulbs are best planted during Autumn, as these plants requires a cold period of dormancy before blooming the following season. A very useful resource is the Plant Hardiness Map provided by the USDA. CLICK HERE! This map displays the hardiness zone of any given region based on the average annual minimum winter temperature. By planting in fall, you’ll get two seasons of enjoyment out of these cool-season favorites.
Trees and shrubs will help give the fall-flowering gardens additional shape, texture, and color. Once flowering bulbs and other plants have begun to fade, the intense shades of leaf color, ranging from yellow and orange to red and purple, create a stunning display. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to one or two colors. Another attractive possibility is to arrange a gradual transition of related colors. Look around your yard to see what colors would best complement the existing landscape.
A beautiful garden does not have to disappear with summer, and if you have been considering some lawn or shrub work now may be the best time. Dressing your autumn landscape with Mums will keep the color in your garden brighter for longer.
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