With fall comes the transition of the summer garden into winter color. Hard to think about sometimes when the days are still nice and warm. This can be a confusing timing issue. After the warm August and September days, while most of the garden is still showing color, it can be a little tired and overgrown. Even the garden at the front of the nursery shows the “end of summer” stress.
So this is the time to re-look at the garden. See what needs to be cut back or taken out. I know that it can be hard to prune back plants when they are still trying to perform, but it is better to do the trimming now, so they have time to re-grow before the cooler winter nights slow them down and they don’t have time to put out new growth. You can also take this time to decide on what needs to be taken out or relocated. We all have planted and then realized that it was the wrong choice or didn’t perform the way we may have envisioned.
My gardens are never static. I am always learning and changing. Plants I thought would look good and fit nicely into my landscape, end up getting to big, out of control, or just don’t look like what I wanted. So I usually dig it up, pull it out or move it and swear that I am going to simplify my garden and make my life easier next year.
Fall is a great time to think about changing your garden. It is still warm enough for new plantings to root in. And there is still a good selection of perennials available at the nursery. Also the colorful, winter annuals and cool season veggies have arrived.
Don’t be afraid to make changes. That is what keeps the garden interesting.I love to see the different combinations our customers put together. Keep on learning, Judi