Well, we have to admit it. It’s fall. While the season has many joys – colours, smells, harvests, family gatherings and much more – it’s also the time we start to think about putting our gardens to bed for the winter.
There are a few things that should be done soon.
- Adding compost or manure to your flower beds in the fall is ideal as the winter freeze breaks it down into your soil, saving you the work digging it in next spring.
- You’ll also want to bring in any plants you want to keep over the winter in the house. Check everything for pests and then bring them indoors before they freeze. Tropical plants especially need to be moved indoors.
- And now it the time to dig up tender bulbs such as dahlia, canna and gladiola. Store them over the winter in a cool, dark space.
- Plant perennials. Fall is the perfect time to do this. Not only are there great sales at GreenWay, the soil is still warm enough to allow the roots to establish before the deep freeze. Talk to Pat about what perennials you can add in now for early spring blooms.
When you are here stroll over to our large Butterfly Garden and see what types of perennials are still flowering. Perennial mums are an option. Although they’re not as even and perfect shaped as the annual ones, they are still an amazing reliable late flowering perennial. These varieties are available in pink, burgundy and yellow in our Blooming Centre. Their daisy type flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Also blooming now are sedums, butterfly bush, Chelan (turtlehead), heliopsis and much more.
One thing you don’t have to do though is prune all of your plants back. Consider leaving ornamental grasses, shrubs and perennial herbs such as sage full-size. Their shapes, when covered with snow, add depth and texture to your gardens – and seed heads can provide food for wild birds.