We are happy to be a Sponsor this year for the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center’s Fall Native Plant Sale. This event is more than just a plant sale, it is also a three day opportunity to hear garden-nature related lectures, participate in tours and hand’s on workshops. I will be debuting my newest power point presentation titled “Designing for Fall Interest” on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30am. This presentation will incorporate both native and exotic plants, shrubs, and trees of all kinds that enhance this special season in our gardens! I will be giving out handouts that follow the presentation with useful information that you can incorporate in your personal landscapes. Hope to see you there!
We were very excited to be included by Troy Marden and the staff of the popular Nashville – based PBS TV Show called The Volunteer Gardener on their recent visit to Chattanooga this past July. Although July is notorious for being a difficult month in our zone 6b-7a garden for lack of color in blooms, we are sure that Troy and his team were still able to highlight lots of interesting plants and design ideas that we tried to incorporate into our “English Style” Cottage garden. We aimed at creating a garden that would complement the architecture of our 100 plus year old home in the historic St. Elmo neighborhood. Our goal was to create year-round color and interest by incorporating lots of evergreens and many heirloom and modern perennials and roses. The Volunteer Gardener airs state-wide, and on our local PBS station where our segment is to air this September.
Not only is Fall a beautiful time for our gardens, but it is an ideal time to get lots of things done in the garden! It is the optimal time to start planting bulbs that bloom in the Spring that need the opportunity to get rooted in, receive a good Winter chill before blooming….such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth. It is also the time to sow seeds for some favorite biennials such as Foxgloves and Hollyhocks and Lunaria “Silver Penny” that grow the first year and bloom and set seed the second. Also those of you into edibles will want to plant lettuce, rocket and kale and brassicas such as brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower. Don’t forget it is a great time to plant most fruit trees which will not be stressed by bouts of Summer drought.
Most of all, as far as landscaping, this season is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs, and to transplant existing ones to new locations in the garden! Evergreens love to be planted and pruned in Fall months! Fall is also the best time to divide herbaceous perennials such as large clumps of hosta, peony and iris. It is also a good time to divide overgrown grasses and woody shrubs that need renovation. For guaranteed Winter color…. Start planting pansies and violas and of course ornamental kale and cabbages in planters or change-out beds!
There are many plants that bloom and look their best in the Fall. Please contact me to book my newest power point presentation “Designing for Fall Interest” for your garden club or group soon!Get in touch