August 28, 2016
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Autumn
Autumn marks the beginning of the end for select gardeners across the region. Yes, we’re gifted a bright palette of reds, purples, and oranges to send us off properly to a bleak winter, but for those afraid of fall planting, it can be time to say goodbye, a time of gradual decay. Embrace the fall. At the Garden Center, we believe it’s possible to do more. Like Dylan Thomas’ plea to his father to rage against the night in “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, summer’s passing does not need to be so yielding.
Let’s rebel. Do not go gentle into that good autumn.
Bring life to fall—turn that seasonal frown upside down. Say it proudly, “Fall is for planting.” One can look at the blooming perennials and shrubs that fill our garden center to know new life is just as apparent as the old. Even when the temperatures drop, the soil is still warm, waiting for new occupants to call it home. Trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials all can be planted in the fall or be used for the perfect fall style, but some varieties handle the changes with unmatched bravado. Plus, the cool air makes it easier on the gardener. But, don’t just take our word for it. Check out one of our favorite plants from each category.
Tree: Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’ –
• Fall Appeal: brilliant red to orange-red foliage in fall
• Small deciduous (usually multi-trunked) tree or tall shrub – 20 to 25 ft high
• White Flowers in April are followed by berries in June
• Plant in full sun to partial shade; prefers a moist well-drained soil
• Native – great for attracting birds to your backyard
• Design Ideas – Use as a focal point in a native garden as a small tree, or in a shrub border
Shrub: Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ –
• Fall Appeal: intense blue berries/fruit in the late summer and fall
• A very versatile viburnum variety since it is more compact than other varieties. A deciduous shrub growing 5 to 7 ft tall
• Glossy Leaves are adorned with white flowers early to mid-summer
• Blue berries appear late summer and fall
• Great fall interest and attracts birds
• Full to partial sun, prefers a moist well-drained area
• Design Ideas – use as a border, hedge or mass planting
Perennial: Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’ –
• Fall Appeal: fragrant, white star-shaped blooms steal the show
• A vigorous growing, deciduous vine, blooms late summer into fall, can grow to 20+ ft
• Plant in full sun for best flowering but can tolerate partial sun.
• Provide a well-drained area for planting – roots prefer a cool shaded area, while the flower heads like to be in the sun.
• Attract Butterflies. Easy to care for and fast growing
• Design Ideas – Use to cover fences or arbors for some fall curb appeal.
Annual: Ornamental Peppers –
• Fall Appeal: bear colorful fruit in bright fall colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and purple
• Great for fall container gardens or in the landscape
• Prefers full sun
• Come in many shapes and sizes
• Design Ideas – spicy flare to your gardens or containers. They look exceptionally well together with mums in containers on your patio or deck.
These are just four of our favorites. There are many more solutions out there to keep planting in the fall or to bounce back with jaw-dropping, natural décor. Fall is for planting. Do not go gentle into that good autumn.
Becky Jones | Green Goods Manager
Kyle Vargo | Digital Marketing Assistant