When most gardeners think about planting, spring comes to mind; so when fall rolls around gardeners around the globe ponder what to do besides rake up leaves and deadhead end of summer blossoms. Well take heart, because fall is a wonderful time to plant perennials and with lots of bargain blooms in nurseries and garden centers it is a great opportunity to really do some mass planting.
It is actually better to plant some perennials in the fall as is kinder to the flower or shrub as it does not have to work as hard to establish itself quickly before the heat of summer arrives and its must show its colors in a fast and furious fashion. Planting in the fall allows the plant to establish its root system over a couple of seasons before producing blossoms and foliage.
In cold weather regions it is best to plant about six weeks before the first freeze of winter and then the flowers will have a good chance to produce some excellent root growth, enabling them to withstand the cold earth, ready to re-emerge in the spring.
Another great reason to plant in the fall is how much easier to get an idea of what worked and what did not thrive in your garden and you will have a clear picture of where there is a need for color or vibrant foliage. In spring it is hard to truly visualize how your garden will be in the midst of summer but in the fall you know what needs to be done for next year to fill in the gaps.
So make planting perennials a fall tradition and the fruits of your labor will blossom in the summer, an idea to fall in love with.