Got Plants? Here’s Your Fall Gardening Guide

By D’Ann Harper | Sep 19, 2019

With temperatures abating a bit, you may be considering spending a little more time in your garden.

Foundation plantings, perennial gardens and vegetable patches are a great way to enhance curb appeal. But they also offer a great excuse to be outside.

Whether you’re new to gardening or are in possession of an ultra-green thumb, fall gardening activities typically focus on leveraging current conditions as well as planning for the next season.

Here’s a handy to do-list to get your started

1.Start with the soil

Adding a few inches of compost to your beds can do wonders for your plants. Spread your own or store-bought compost and lightly turn it into the beds. A small spade will be easy to manage and fit well in between existing plants.

2. Add a flourish of flowers
A number of perennials strut their stuff in the fall, adding color and excitement to your fall garden. Kathy Huber, a Texas Master Gardener and author of The Texas Flower Garden, suggests aster, Copper Canyon daisy, Mexican bush sage, farfugium and toad lily. You can add these next to perennials with a long blooming season from spring through fall including black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, dianthus, lantana, pigeonberry, salvias and skullcaps.

3. Don’t forget the foundation plantings

Add interest to the front of your home – and beyond – with shrubs and small trees. Some possible additions include:

  • Texas sage, also known as cenzio, is a mid-size shrub with silvery green leaves with violet flowers. 
  • Texas mountain laurel can be pruned to a large shrub or grow to tree size. 
  • Eve’s necklace is a small tree with pink flowers that is incredibly heat resistant.
  • Mexican redbuds are early spring bloomers, with deep pink and purple flowers that attract bees and butterflies.

4. Reap what you sow
Growing your own vegetables is both rewarding and easy. You can direct sow seeds for beets, carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes and radishes in September. Complement your veggies with herbs to cool them with. You can plant seeds for cilantro, dill, fennel and parsley in the fall, but it’s better to buy seedlings of oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme

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