We’re sharing a little gardening secret. Now that fall is officially here, it’s a great time to plant many annuals, bulbs, and shrubs. In fact, for many of these plants, fall is the best time to plant. We’re here to give you some tips and suggestions on planting your annuals so they’ll thrive through winter and bloom in the spring!
First, be sure to plant cold tolerant annuals. Not only will these bloom for weeks in the fall, they will establish root systems by the time spring rolls around. Diasica, nemesia, and osteospermum are all good fall plants, as well as pansies and violas. Plant these flowers early in the fall season so you can get a bloom in fall and again in spring. If you’re planning on planting a few shrubs and trees, you’re best bet is to plant those earliest in fall. This early planting will allow for best root establishment for your shrubs before winter.
Now that you’ve planted your annuals, be sure to water your garden or flower beds thoroughly. Even in winter, young seedlings may need water two to three times per week. Applying a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch will help your little plants to conserve water and helps prevent weeds from sprouting.
Trust us, when you are just starting out, knowing when to plant can be scary and intimidating. But, try not to worry too much. Mother Nature is pretty forgiving and planting season last for a few weeks. Try planting some of these hardy annuals in your garden this winter!
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