Plants for all Seasons
Fall is a great time for planting. More moderate temperatures help plants settle in. As plants go dormant for winter, they can establish strong root systems in preparation for new growth in the spring. Fall is the only time to plant spring bulbs. Some caution and winter watering is critical for evergreens planted in the fall.
So, what should you plant? In addition to ideas from our email, here are a few more:
Fall: Dramatic foliage and ornamental grasses make a great combination. Crimson Pygmy Barberry (Berberis thunbergii‘Atropurpurea Nana’) paired with Little Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny”) provides contrast in texture and color. For a native, xeric combination, try Gro-Low Sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’) with Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium).
Winter: Both Woolly Tyme (Thymus praecox pseudolanuginousus) and English Ivy (Hedera helix) retain their color and foliage all winter. Plant Wooly Thyme in full sun to partial shade with good drainage. Don’t let snow pile up on Thyme; it will rot.
Spring: Nothing heralds spring time like flowering crabs! Underplanted with tulips, the look is dramatic, cherrful and inspiring. Many people don’t like the fall fruit cleanup; Spring Snow Crab (Malus x ‘Spring Snow’) that doesn’t bear fruit is a great choice.