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Did you know that here in Georgia autumn is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and even most perennials?  There are numerous benefits of fall planting for you and your plants during the next few months.

Benefits of Fall Planting

  1. Less watering is required. The plants are going dormant this time of the year, meaning their need for water is greatly reduced. This shutting down of the foliage – along with shorter, cooler days – means less transpiration (the process of losing moisture through the foliage).  The result is less stress on the plant, and less watering and attention needed from you.
  2. The plant’s roots will continue to grow during the winter months. Even though the plants are dormant during the winter, their roots are actively growing as long as soil temperatures are above 40 degrees or so. This allows your plants to become more established before enduring the heat of next summer.
  3. Fall is also a great time to plant most herbaceous perennials.  Herbaceous perennials have foliage that dies completely back to the ground for the winter, and emerge with new growth each spring. Like their shrub and tree counterparts, perennials’ roots also continue to grow during the colder months.  Planting perennials in the fall rewards you with plants two or three times larger the following spring.
  4. Speaking of rewards, spring-blooming bulbs offer a fantastic bang for your buck.  Nothing welcomes spring like a bed or two of daffodils.  You can plant daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths for a succession of spring color. You can plant spring-blooming bulbs as late as December.

Which Plants Thrive in Fall Gardens?

canton landscaping - garden fountainMany of us migrated from northern states where cut-off dates for planting are the norm. We have no real last day of planting in Georgia.  You can plant most anything through December without thinking twice.  January and February are less predictable, and we do need to watch the weather when planning to landscape.

Are there plants we should wait until spring to install?  There are some shrubs and perennials that are better off being well-established going into winter.  Gardenias, and ornamental grasses as well as loropetalums should not be planted during the winter months.  Less hardy perennials such as Homestead Purple verbena, Miss Huff lantana, and Black-n-Blue Salvia come to mind.  Other than this handful of plants, garden away this fall.

Want first pick of the best fall bushes and blooms? Stop by our Woodstock and Canton nursery and garden centers.

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