Now that it’s cooler, Cape Cod homeowners and gardeners are getting into their landscapes to plant. Not only is the weather more conducive to working outdoors, but the cooler nights are easier on the plants as well. Here are several tips and suggestions for your fall planting.
Before you shop, make a list of your goals.
Even in the fall, the selection of plants in the garden center can be overwhelming. If you arrive with a list of what you want to accomplish with the trees, shrubs and perennials you buy, you can focus on plants that solve your problems or suit your location. Do you need plants that will thrive in the shade or in a hot, dry area? Do you want native plants or varieties that will attract the birds to your yard? Perhaps you’re looking for ideas for winter interest, mid-summer flowering, or fragrance. Or maybe you want a weed-smothering, evergreen ground cover that’s not invasive. No matter what the goal is in your landscape, it’s likely that there’s a plant for you in the garden center right now.
Filling in your perennial garden.
Fall planted perennials grow quickly!
Planting for birds and wildlife.
Native plants for your landscape.
Perennials for mid to late summer color.
Add color to part-shade gardens or foundation plantings.
Low, evergreen ground cover for shade.
A narrow, flowering shrub that’s not too dense.
Planting for winter color or interest.
A final note about planting and roots.
Many people have been taught that roots always need to be pulled, cut or “tickled” when a plant is put into the ground. This isn’t necessarily true. If you don’t see circling, congested roots when you pull a plant out of the pot, you don’t have to disturb the roots at all. If the plant has become very root-bound, however, you may want to gently pull the roots apart. Look closely at shrubs and trees that were grown in containers, and pull out circling roots so that they don’t continue with that congested growth.