Many people bemoan their perennial gardens in the Fall. For me, it is one of my favorite times of the year. There are so many wonderful colors and textures at play in the garden that can be overlooked. Ornamental grasses really come into play right now and the wonderful merlot colors of plants like the ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum pictured above are at their peak. This is a great time of the year to install new perennial plantings but you want to make sure that it is getting done now so that new plantings have enough time to take root and be ready to over winter the upcoming cold weather and freezes. Here is a quick list of what you need to be thinking about in your perennial garden right now:
- Make sure that you are getting you Fall plantings in the ground so they have the time to establish themselves before winter.
- All of your divisions and transplanting need to take place now as well
- Fall can be a dry time in many areas so don’t forget to water new plantings and check your existing plantings to make sure they are receiving enough moisture as well.
- Start to remove excess leaf build up from around the base of your plants
- Mulch in tender perennials to make sure they have the insulation they need to go into winter.
- After the first frost look your perennials over to see what is looking bad and go ahead and cut those back for the year.
As always I have to pay credit to The Well Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. You will find all of the monthly care tips I post and much more information there. To order your own copy of her book click on the title above