Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Time to Look for Bargains

août 28

Many garden centers and nurseries offer significant deals in the fall, especially on plants that they would have to overwinter. Take advantage of these special sales to fill any holes in your landscape while saving a few dollars. After all, fall is an excellent time to plant most hardy plants. Avoid only plants that are slow to settle in, such as magnolias and rhododendrons: they really need a whole summer to fully take root, so plant them in the spring. You can however plant without worry other perennials, shrubs, trees, evergreens, etc.

There is one group of plants, though, that will need special care at this season: those plants that bloom in the fall (asters, chrysanthemums, rudbeckia, coneflowers, hydrangeas, etc.). That’s because a plant in bloom will be putting its energy into blooming, not into rooting. Therefore remove their beautiful flowers just before you plant them. This will redirect the energy of the plant where you want it: to rooting, thus ensuring the smooth success of your planting. Sure, you’ll miss that first season of bloom… but if you treat these plants right, there will be many more to come!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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