I think I’ve confessed this before: fall really is my favourite season. The air is crisp. The colours are rich and warm. The to-do list for the garden is much shorter than in spring!
One of my favourite garden “chores” in the fall is selecting which spring-flowering bulbs to plant. I’m like a kid in a candy store. I’ve always been completely seduced by tulips – so many luscious colours and shapes.
Unfortunately, deer are also extremely fond of tulips, so I’m restricted to growing them in pots on a deer-proof deck. This really isn’t a problem because with a little planning you can create a stunning container of spring flowers that will bloom from early February right through to June. (Come to our workshop in October and we’ll show you how!) All Dig This stores have an enticing selection of spring-flowering bulbs to delight you.
Fall is also the time when grasses come into their own. There are so many wonderful ornamental grasses to choose from. As you can see from the image to the left (taken at the wonderful gardens along the Gorge park), grasses add life and movement to a flower bed.
Another great thing about fall is that most of the local nurseries have plants on sale. Take a bit of time to consider what your garden needs and then go shopping. Plants settled in now – especially trees – will have time to establish their roots before the winter winds and next spring’s growth spurt.
Cool weather may feel like the end of the gardening season but it’s anything but. There are always ways to get your gardening fix no matter what month of the year it is.
Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President