Decisions, decisions. Now’s the time we need to make a few tough ones for our gardens. While some annuals remain vibrant and blooming, the threat of frost is looming. (Honest, I didn’t intend the rhyme!).
How do we keep the color going? What should we cut down and clean up? What do we plant in fall? Well, I’ve got some answers for you.
Mums, of course, not only add color, but body, as well, to gardens and planters. White, yellow, dark red, pink…they’re beautiful mixed together or planted as a solid mass of one color. Mums, along with those hardy geraniums most of us, no doubt, still have growing, are real workhorses in extending the life of our autumn gardens.
When it comes to prepping for future seasons, I believe that it’s easier to clean in the fall than it is in the spring. So, start cutting down spent perennials such as Black-eyed Susans, tall phlox and shasta daisies. I suggest a cut 4”-8” above ground level.
Keep in mind that some perennials offer visual interest over the winter. I’m thinking, for instance, of autumn joy sedum, cone flowers and different grasses. Before cutting them, think how they’ll look all snow-covered and how they’ll add height and texture next to evergreens and shrubs.
It’s my passion, so excuse me on this next part…I’m already looking forward to Spring 2015! That means I’m planting tulip and daffodil bulbs right now. I encourage you to do the same, ‘cause they’re a must for sharp color in spring. Just remember to protect them from nibbling bunnies.