FALL IS FOR PLANTING!!
AS I LOVE TO SAY....
For years I have marveled at all the people who rush to plant in the spring and then forget the plants while they picnic and vacation over the summer. We often replace more spring planted plants than fall planted plants because of inconsistent watering and hot weather over the summer. The American Nursery Association has long had the logo 'Fall is for Planting'.
Many municipalities and nurserymen plant in fall because they know there are many factors that insure success with autumn planted plants.
In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth with continued growth through the winter until the ground freezes, around the first of the year. During mild winters, roots may continue to grow all year . By the time it is early spring, roots are strong and established and continue to develop at a faster rate, until top growth begins. While the same plant planted in spring gets a slow start due to cool soils. When summer finally arrives, the fall-planted plant is far better equipped to deal with heat and drought, largely due to its well-established root system.
There are other good reasons to plant in the fall. There is usually dependable rainfall in late fall and of course cooler weather and fewer pest and disease problems. There is no new growth on leaves or stems so all the energy of the plant goes into the all important root growth.
I am a firm believer in color all seasons of the year. For this reason I like to plants lots of evergreen plants with berries and colorful branches with pods or cones. There are also many perennials that are in bloom now or will be in bloom soon. Fall asters, toad lily, mums, various types of daisies, hellebores and one of my favorites, monk's hood. Aconitum napellus.
I think everyone should plant some wonderful raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, and grape plants now. Many are even in fruit in pots in the nursery. These plants are such fun to grow. I have been picking raspberries and black berries even from plants in pots. The birds like them too. Plant them now so they get a good start and make strong roots. You will be rewarded with wonderful fruit all next summer and fall too. All are easy to grow and take little or now care. Simply plant them with a little compost , water them in and they are good to go.
'Easy and green all year' denotes the Japanese holly or illex group of hardy evergreen plants. There are short ones, tall skinny ones, short fat ones, the list goes on and on because they come in many sizes and shapes. Although called a holly they do not have sharp leaves at all. They have small, shiny green leaves much like boxwood. I do not think there is an easier shrub to plant. Choose a variety that remains small and you never even have to prune them! Shiny and green, easy to grow, what more can you want? This popular, versatile shrub can be planted to accent your home, either in rows for a narrow hedge, or alone as an ornamental. However you use it, expect little maintenance.
For another easy to grow every green plant the arborvitae or tree of life. They smell good and look beautiful. The green giant variety grows the quickest of all
I enjoyed working outside in the mornings this week as it was cool. I have a thing about pulling weeds out before they can go to seed. It is sort of like 'a stitch in time saves nine' as the old wives' tale goes.
We have many great buys on giant shade trees. Talk to Joe now about having a few planted in your yard for years of enjoyment. Add a dogwood for spring beauty as well as a great wildlife tree.
So fill in those blank spots now with shrubs and perennials that give you fall and winter color. There are many more . Remember fall is for planting. Email Lorraine at Lorraine@tripleoks.com if oyu would like some help to plan for some great fall planting..
Keep paging down!