To help us get a jump on fall planting, we caught up with Nicholas Staddon, plant expert and spokesperson for Monrovia, the leading grower of premium garden plants.
He stresses that for all plants listed, the earlier you can get them in the ground the better, so you can get a nice display of color through the fall and into winter. Aim for early September if you can.
"Autumn in any part of America is a fantastic time for planting plants, perennials, woody ornamentals or trees," says Staddon. "During winter the roots are still active and can be establishing themselves," he explains. This process will benefit the plants in the spring.
Aside from giving your plants a head start for spring by planting them in the fall, you can also add a splash of vibrant color to your garden by doing some post-summer planting. "In the fall, it's great to plant plants that are within view of the house — plants that have great color like yellow, or with amber-colored bark," notes Staddon. "They also look incredibly beautiful in the snow."
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