Remember the old adage…Fall is for Planting“? That has been the truth for many, many years! Not only is this the time for planting bulbs like daffodils or tulips for spring but almost anything else you want to plant! The secret? Mulch!
As long as you mulch your plantings, you are almost guaranteed that your fall plantings will break forth in the spring with new growth and be as happy as ever!
Shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, vines, etc. actually love this time of year. Planting now, you get the benefit of fall rains, soil temperatures that aren’t headed to “too hot” and cool air temperatures mean the stress level is low. Plants get a chance to get settled in before winter which is what you want!
We do not recommend planting rooted cuttings this time of year. We do not suggest you divide your hostas now but most anything else is fair game! Most perennials are on their way to dormancy so they won’t have much on top anyways. You are planting the roots, giving them a nice home for the winter where they will settle into the soil and be ready for take-off come spring!
Don’t fear the fall and the good news is most garden centers are running specials and sales to avoid storing them in containers over the winter. You get rock bottom prices and happy plants! You won’t be sorry! Just follow the planting instructions on the labels! Have fun and PLANT!