Just because Spring and Summer are over doesn’t mean that your garden has to look drab and dreary. Now’s the time for Fall planting. You can easily liven things up with creative use of Fall colours and textures.
Here are some tips on things to consider when planning Fall planting in your garden or in a container.
Choose plants that will withstand cooler temperatures including frost. Be sure to check with your garden center for advise on plants suitable for your zone.
Plan your color scheme: choose plants that have both contrast and compatibility. Remember foliage can provide both texture and colour. You’re not limited to flowers alone. If you’re not sure what colors will work for you, or which colors are available, feel free to come and chat with us and we’ll point out exactly which plants will provide you with the pizzazz you’re looking for.
Plants don’t grow and spread as vigorously in Fall, so you can plant them a bit closer and in greater quantity than you would in summer. Plant your container as full as it needs to be to look good as Fall progresses. The plants won’t get much fuller or bigger, so essentially, what you see is what you’ll get.
Fall means a bit less water and less fertilizer is necessary. If you are going to use fertilizer, use a water soluble variety that will get to the roots. Controlled or slow release fertilizers are often temperature activated, meaning that in lower temperatures they may not be released at all.
Look out for Jack Frost! You’ve already chosen plants that are frost tolerant, but it’s a wise idea to take extra care when a heavy frost or cold snap is expected. Cover the plants with a light weight cover – an old sheet will work – over night. It’ll keep your Fall colour going strong!
In our next article,we’ll give you some ideas as to what plants are perfect for our West Coast gardens. If you don’t want to wait for that, come on in and we’ll be happy to show you and give you any advice you need.