Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their first season. We’ve put together our top five reasons why we love fall planting.
1. Get a jump-start on spring growth. Planting perennials and wildflowers in the fall gives them a head start in the spring. Plants will start to grow once the ground thaws, before you could have worked the soil and planted in the spring. Wildflowers will bloom earlier and often you will get flowers on your perennials in the first season if they were planted in the fall
2. The cool weather. If the hot, sweaty weather isn’t for you, try gardening in the fall! The crisp, cool air makes for an enjoyable experience leisurely planting and working outside in the garden.
3. Less water. The colder weather helps eliminate evaporation and shorter days means photosynthesis slows down, resulting in your new plants requiring less water than if planted in the spring.
4. Spring-blooming bulbs need to winter over. Do you love colorful varieties such as tulips, daffodils and more? These bulbs need to be planted in the fall and require a wintering-over time to provide gorgeous, cheerful spring blooms.
5. Less stress. The colder weather in fall also causes less stress on your new plants, allowing for the root systems to establish themselves in a comfortable environment before the winter.