Fall Gardening

Fall Planting guide for the Chattanooga Area

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