Fall is a very pretty season, most years…so far this one is turning out a little on the damp side, but at least at this point it hasn’t included the heavy, damaging snow fall of last year.
It looks like good weather is just around the corner again, and we can settle in and enjoy the harvests of the season and the warm colours to ease us into winter. Fall colours are just starting to warm up the landscape, and the foreground of lush, spring-like green lawns seems just a little off. But we’ll take it! It’s been a glorious summer of good heat, sun and good gardening.
Consider Some Fall Colour To Your Landscape
If you’ve been considering adding some fall colour to your landscape, trees and shrubs to include for brilliant fall colour are cotoneaster, Amur maple, mountain ash, Siberian larch, trembling aspen, Ussurian pear, dogwood, burning bush, barberry, spirea and/or highbush cranberry to name a few. Virginia creeper is a beautiful vine for fall colour, and a couple of new trees that produce beautiful fall reds are Sensation maple and Calypso white ash. You can also add in some late season perennials such as ornamental grasses (ie. Karl Foerster feather reed grass), Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Liatris, golden rod, Autumn Joy sedum and/or garden phlox. And the good news, this time of year, many of these plant materials are available at a discounted price, and there’s still plenty of time to plant.
Plants Your Spring Blooming Bulbs
While you’re planting up these late purchases to ensure fall colour for next year, remember that it is also time to plant your spring blooming bulbs. Check out the Garden Centre for all colours and types of tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium, etc. The soil should be cool enough to get your bulb planters busy. And of course, to get your beds ready for some late season planting, it’s a good time to start some of your end of season garden clean-up. Final weeding, cutting back of spent perennial foliage, leaf cleanup and more.
Fall Decor and Halloween
It’s been a great summer, here’s to a gentle winter with good snow cover for our precious plants. Bring your green indoors by picking up a few indoor plants, we’ve had a truckload or two of all sizes and colours. Fall décor and Halloween has entered the building as well. Our Garden Centre staff have created gorgeous displays of garden gifts, glassware, décor and more to meet everyone’s needs!
Enjoy the fall and your garden harvest!