The first snow of the year is always and exciting day, but by February, we’re all pretty tired of staring out our window at the plain white landscape. Luckily, with some strategic planting in fall, you can be sure your garden never lacks color and texture – even when it’s covered in a blanket of snow!
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Knowledge and resources about plants and planting are so vast they can be overwhelming. The best approach is to take advantage of information based on your areas of interest and then seek the guidance of a plant professional. Your local nursery or garden center has inspired people ready to offer advice.
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Most home landscapes have shrubs. They improve soil stability, boost air quality, and create habitats for wildlife. On top of that, shrubs can provide beauty to the landscape throughout all seasons. These small- to medium-sized woody plants can be evergreen or deciduous flowering varieties. They can accent landscape beds, highlight hardscapes, or flank paths or entryways.
There’s something special about the color orange. It’s bright and effervescent like a mimosa, yet warm and serene like a sunset. In color therapy, orange is used to stimulate creativity, pleasure, optimism, and productivity. Filling your landscape with vibrant tangerine plants will undoubtedly lift your spirits!
Fall blooming plants extend the season of our gardens after many plants have dried up or are done blooming for the year. They are also a much-needed food source for pollinators who are still foraging and getting ready for winter.
I posted a picture to Facebook once with the comment “…I think I might have too many bird feeders…” There were six – not counting the suet feeder – in my small back yard. I have so many, simply because I love birds, but I wonder if there wasn’t something happening subliminally in my awareness.
The native plants in my garden tell me when summer is beginning to turn toward autumn. Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) is already blooming in the shady rain garden despite lack of rain. Royal Catchfly (Silene regia) grows tall and delicate in the butterfly garden, a stand-out because its blossom is the only true red among so many softer colors. Soon asters of many varieties will begin to bloom. Native grasses will not be far behind. When they and the goldenrods bloom, we know for sure that autumn is here.
As blazing summer heat retreats and the idea of being in the garden becomes appealing again (fun even?), a truly time-sensitive question arises. “Should I plant now or is it better to wait ‘til spring?” For those eager to “make their garden better” now, but are seeking a horticultural blessing, read this and go forth shovel in hand, confident you’ve made a sound decision.