One of my favorite things about Fall is the chance to get out into the garden again.
TIP: Did you know that Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs? As the air cools, the plant’s roots dig down into the still warm earth, creating a strong root structure.
So, today, I’m sharing my new landscape design and a couple of Fall gardening tips.
The summer heat was very hard on my yard, leaving behind dead plants and lots of bare space in my landscape. As soon as cooler weather settled over H-town, I got to work.
Our home builder actually did the initial landscaping. Knowing the soil they use isn’t quality soil, I’ve added bags of humus and peat moss over the years, but not enough. Cindy, the landscaper whom I met with this summer, suggested building up the beds with several inches of compost.
Having seen other yards she has landscaped, I believed her when she said that the plants would thrive in the compost.
I had it delivered last week and have been working on spreading it into the flower beds over the last several days (wishing I could hire Cindy and her team to take over the back-breaking labor.)
In the meantime, Cindy texted me to say that she was going to salvage some cuttings from my friend’s yard and bring them over.
That is one of the hallmarks of the gardening community…sharing plants. At my last home, almost all of my plants either came from my parent’s or my in-laws’ yards. It really makes for a sentimental experience, and it’s one of my favorite things about gardening.
Today, my husband delivered wheel barrows full of compost to the beds while I spread, tilled and then planted. At Cindy’s suggestion, I grouped the liriope for greater impact and transplanted the purple fountain grass into a place of prominence in the flowerbed.
Blue porterweed and potato vine now replace plants that were lost to heat and hard freezes. The rain lilies are tucked in the corner and are at their best right after a rain. I can’t wait for everything to fill in! Luckily most of these plants are fast growing.
This bed got a little sprucing up, too. I brought the bird bath back and surrounded it with amaryllis, irises and butterfly weed. I think it’s going to look so pretty when the plants mature.
My lantana is already responding to the better soil.
TIP: You want to get your plants in the ground several weeks before the first frost. In my zone, 9a, that date is suggested to be December 15th.
Some of you have already had snow! That is so difficult for this Texan to wrap my mind around.
There’s still more work to do, but I can see the end in sight.
For more posts in my 31 Days to Finished series, click here.
Hopefully, I’ll have some after pictures to share soon.
See you in class,
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