You may have noticed #OAKtober floating around out there on the internet lately. In 2015, October was officially declared oak awareness month in Illinois, but why? Check out this blog post to learn about the ecological importance of oak trees and why we need to plant more oaks.
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In this blog post, I will suggest 5 different plants with excellent fall interest to incorporate into a landscape alongside mums in order to prevent a visually bland fall display of only mums. For more information about these plants visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens website.
Fall Landscaping Tips
Because Spring is a busy time for those of us who work in the nursery industry, I have to wait until Fall to "play" in my yard. Well, Fall is here, and the fun has begun!
What Plants Bloom In The Fall?
If you surveyed a large group of people and asked each to name a fall blooming plant, the majority would probably say Mum (Chrysanthemum). When I think of fall blooming plants, the Mum comes first to my mind too. And why not? Mums flower naturally from August to November in many different colors and shapes. And, at this time of year they are being sold by EVERYBODY and his brother. Of course, Mums are great but... there ARE other fall blooming plants and some of them are very cool!
Autumn Brings Opportunities To The Active Gardener
If you have been in the Nursery business for any length of time you know that spring is the busiest time of the year. Coming out of the dreary winter months most people look forward to getting out into their yards and gardens in an effort to bring some life back into their landscapes. To that end garden shops are stampeded by gardeners looking for fertilizers and seeds and plants and tools. Yards get fertilized, shrubs get pruned, and flowers are planted, all with the idea of breathing color back into our lives. It is an exciting time of year for the gardening enthusiast.
What's the best shade tree for fall color?? Maple October Glory, of course.
These trees are ideal for landscaping and grow fast requiring minimal attention. October Glory maple trees quickly mature into an oval shape, reaching up 40 – 50 feet with a spread of 25’ – 30’ making them excellent shade trees. In the spring they produce red flowers and in the summer they have dark green leaves. The picture to the left show’s some of the most intense red foliage in the fall of all maples. October Glory retains their leaves later in the season than other deciduous trees, which provides a longer display.
Analyzing Usage And Needs For Spring
Before you lock up the garden center untill spring or leave on that vacation, take some time to plan next year. Late fall is a great time to prepare for the crazy spring that will be here before you know it. Brainstorm with your sales team- what worked well, what didn’t go over well, how can you improve certain events, what are some new things you can do to draw customers into your location etc.
When selecting shrubs for fall color, Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is automatic. But let’s be honest the shrub is rather boring to look at the rest of the year. There are several shrubs with great fall color that add interest to the landscape through out the growing season. The following are some multi- season performers.
Fall blooming Perennials are a favorite landscape plant among gardeners. After a hot and dry summer, fall bloomers are a welcome sight announcing the coming of the fall season with brilliant colors that can brighten any planting bed. There are many genera to chose from and regardless of what you chose, planting early in the fall will insure that the plants have time to become established as well as give you the maximum amount of time to enjoy their color before cold weather sets in.