Spring Garden Tips
Landscape for Fall Color

Mums are the traditional fall flower – but don’t stop there. You can find plenty of plants to add to your landscape’s fall display.

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Most ornamental grasses reach their peak in fall. The billowy seed heads add texture and motion to the garden and the seeds of some, like switchgrass, attract birds.

mgm_audio_99_fall_perennialsShrubs and trees, like redbud, Kentucky coffeetree, sugar and red maples, serviceberry, chokeberry, fothergilla and common witchhazel add color, complementing the surrounding perennials and fading annuals. Cold tolerant pansies and ornamental cabbage and kale can add a fresh splash of color. Plus, the pansies provide nectar for late season butterflies.

Some perennials like calamint continue to bloom into the fall while the Japanese anemone and toad lilies start their floral display as temperatures cool. Combine them with dwarf conifers, shrubs and annuals with complementary colors and texture.

And don’t forget about the fall color on perennials.

A bit more information: Take a walk through fall gardens to find the often overlooked colorful fall foliage of perennials. Balloon flower and Hosta provide a beautiful yellow. Two row stonecrop is a magnificent orange while Siberian iris’ fall leaves are tinted orange. And the purples and reds of perennial geraniums, Bergenia and Epimedium provide a colorful display at ground level. Make note and add a few of these to your garden.

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Tree and Shrub Growth Rates

Now is a great time to plan for additions to your landscape. And as you scour the catalogs and read plant tags you will often see trees rated as fast, medium or slow growers.

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Tree Problems

Cracks in tree trunks, stunted leaf growth and thin canopies are all signs your tree is struggling. Diagnosing the cause of the symptoms is the first step in improving your tree’s health.

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Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape

Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.

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Trimming Overwintering Leggy Annuals

Some of your impatiens, geraniums and other annuals overwintering indoors may be looking a bit unkempt. Break out the pruners and get busy with a little grooming.

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Unshearing Sheared Evergreens

Tired of constant pruning or need a change from those green gumdrops, hockey pucks and meatballs? With a bit of time and patience you can convert these back to their natural beauty.

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Value of Trees

Plant a tree and improve your mood, save money and improve the environment.

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Verticillium Wilt

Sudden wilting and death of individual branches of maples, redbuds and other susceptible trees may mean verticillium wilt has infected the plant.

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Vines and Groundcovers for Fall Interest

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your fall garden with groundcovers and vines.

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Walnut, Birth Tree for October 24 - November 11

If you were born between October 24th and November 11 your birth tree is the walnut. It represents intellect, passion and confidence.

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Watch for and Prevent Borers on Trees and Shrubs

Extreme heat and cold, droughts and floods can leave our plants stressed and more susceptible to damaging borers.

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Water Problems in Your Landscape and Solutions

Don’t let standing water, seasonal flooding, and poorly drained soils stop you from growing a beautiful landscape. Try one of these strategies to manage the excess water and create a healthy environment for your landscape plants.

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Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)

Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s garden.

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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winter Protection for Evergreens

Make this the fall you protect your evergreens before winter winds and snowloads cause your arborvitae to split and rhododendrons to wither.

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