Fall Perennial Planting
I can't imagine my garden without perennials. It's because they come back year after year and they're more or less a mainstay. And there is such a wide range of bloom and foliage.
I'm a hopeless collector of perennials. I'm always picking up new ones at the nurseries or even ordering them through the mail like I did this little Blue Beard Caryopteris.
The fall is an ideal time to plant perennials and if you're tired of the way your garden looks and you need to make changes, it's also an excellent time to transplant them.
You see this time of year, even though the air temperature is cooler and brisk, the soil temperature is still warm. And it's the perfect environment for many of these roots to reestablish themselves.
I've actually found that many of these plants actually perform better when planted in the fall such as peonies, all of the true lilies, like Asiatic and Oriental hybrids, and in milder climates, even day lilies and iris.
This time of year it can pay off to visit your local nurseries. Often you can find robust perennials that have grown all summer long and outgrown their containers at bargain prices. Just a little tip for the thrifty shopper.
Once I get these guys in the ground, all I have to do is mulch them in. With this done, I feel like I'm a step a head of the game. It's just one less thing I have to think about in the spring when the pace in the garden really picks up.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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