Gardens

 

5 EASY TIPS TO KEEP YOUR GARDEN

LOOKING GOOD THROUGH FALL



Chrysanthemums bloom and provide fall color at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden1. CUT BACK. Keep the garden looking tidy by deadheading annuals and perennials that are leggy. Fertilize annuals to bring back into active bloom for September until frost.

2. WEED VIGOROUSLY.
Keep the weeds out to make sure the “good” plants get the sunlight, nutrients, and water they need. Touch up edging and mulches to keep a neat look.

3. USE INTERESTING FOLIAGE. Fill in bare spots with plants with beautiful foliage – herbs are often a good choice. Use basil, rosemary, variegated sage and golden oregano.

4. PLANT ANNUALS. Although they only last one season, annuals can provide blooms until frost. Use them to fill in a perennial garden or containers where color is desired as a focal point in the fall garden. Check plant nurseries and garden centers -- annuals are often discounted at the end of the summer!

5. PLANT CHRYSANTHEMUMS. When garden-hardy chrysanthemums become available, select and plant them in late August or early September before flowers open (most have color tags to indicate floral effects.) Space at least one hand’s width apart. Planting chrysanthemums before they bloom helps establish the root system, resulting in longer-lasting flowers. These plants will brighten up any fall garden and extend the enjoyment until spring- flowering bulbs are planted in late October or early November.

Fall is a great time for planting; find out why!