STACKING THE DECK
Discover the Advantages of Late Fall Gardening
Story and photos by Joshua Kornegay, owner of Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques
As the year’s end nears many people think it’s time to quit gardening. Au contraire! This is the perfect season for many gardening projects.
For example, this is the least stressful time for transplanting shrubs and trees as they enter dormancy. Their chances of survival are greater since they won’t need to support new growth or blooms.
A few suggestions for the fall planting season include the Ebony and Ivory crape myrtle that, come summer, will reward gardeners with its jet black leaves and white flowers. A tall eight foot shrub that should be planted now while it’s cooler is the tecoma Sparklette; expect an almost constant showing of its orange bell-shaped blooms. Winter freezes won’t harm either of these plants.
Woody perennials, also, should be planted now. Sure, the tops may get burnt during freezes but the roots will be all snuggled up and protected. Just 12 inches below ground it can be as much as 20 degrees warmer, offering more protection for the roots.
Remember, “Work less, enjoy more!”
Anyone can bring a bottle of wine to a dinner party. Instead, surprise your host with a succulent in a festive planter. Just give those classic seasonal colors a modern twist. Eeasy to place table-top sized pots — ranging in size from four inches to ten inches — can find a spot on any dinner table.