Harvest Time: Which Perennials are Best to Plant in the Fall?


If you haven’t already started planning your gardens for next year, now is the time to get started.

Why? Because now is the best time to plant many perennials, as the roots will grow all winter and you will have a more spectacular display in the spring. If you’re still in the research-and-planning mode for your 2015 gardens, consider adding some creeping phlox for colorful ground cover, and candytuft or shasta daisies to get your spring garden started early. Here are some tips from the staff at Homestead Gardens to help you plant perennials this fall:

bio-tone-starter1. Incorporate some Bio-tone Starter into the softened dirt to help the roots grow strong over the winter months. It’s an all-natural plant food that encourages good root growth for transplanted plants.

2. Once planted, cover the ground with mulch. Mulching will moderate soil temperature fluctuations which cause heaving of plants out of the soil, and as the materials decompose, they will provide additional nutrients to the soil. Plus, the mulch helps to reduce the amount of water needed.

3. Water as needed only if the soil is dry. Root rot can occur if you over water.

If you already have perennials established in your garden, be sure to cut back old growth before spring to encourage a more lush, bushy-plant shape. Our Homestead staff is here to help you with your pruning questions.

Among the many perennials that are best planted in the fall, Homestead Gardens team suggests you try these:

1. Aster
2. Nepeta
3. Echinacea
4. Coreopsis
5. Euphorbia
6. Chrysanthemum
7. Sedum
8. Rudbeckia
9. Heuchera
10. Salvia
11. Hellebores

It’s time to start planting your perennial dreams for next year. In these cooler days of fall, it is the perfect time to plant. Next spring, you will be sitting back, working less and enjoying the beautiful  gardens you planted now.