Fall into Autumn Gardening

Vickie Castilleja

With temperatures still soaring, it may be hard to believe that the fall planting season is just around the corner.  The milder temperatures, still warm soil and typically higher rainfall make fall a perfect time to plant a new garden or enlarge an existing bed.

The continuing drought also makes this a great time to consider your spring and summer watering needs. Replacing water thirsty grass with drought hardy plants will provide seasonal color and texture to your landscape, create habitats for wildlife and reduce your watering needs next year.

When the fall coupon makes a return just in time to get your next gardening project going.

Designed with a plant-by-numbers approach to gardening, the coupon program offers a pre-selected plant list, photos and information on each plant, along with three planting design examples. The fall coupon features plants like mistflower with purple or blue blooms that attract butterflies to your garden.

You can also choose from a number of small sages for your shaded planting beds. Autumn sage boasts lovely fall blooms in a variety of colors and provides nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. If the deer like to munch on your plants, consider using santolina as a border around your bed. Keep in mind however, that even deer-resistant plants need to be protected when they are young and their leaves are still tender.

 

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Blue Mistflower