When October comes we think of the leaves changing color, pumpkins and trick-or-treaters. But we also need to think of October as the time to plant. New plants love the cooler weather as much as we do.
Fall is the best time to plant perennials, trees, and shrubs because they have time to acclimate to their new home before summer. Often we think of spring as the best time to plant but that is not the case. Planting now gives your plants the longest time possible to get established before summer comes back around. Many think it is not a good time because the next season is winter, but this is when roots easily get established. When plants go dormant in winter, the energy is put into the roots, leaving months for them to build a healthy foundation. When spring comes, the plant is ready to focus it’s energy into new foliage and flowers. Think about planting now as a head start for your trees and shrubs.
Pennisetum ‘Burgundy Bunny’ from Bailey’s Nurseries
Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ from Sunset Western Garden Collection
by Allana of The Greenery