How to lift, divide and store dahlia tubers for next year’s garden. Colourful dahlias make a superb cut flower, but need to be stored over the winter.
October in the Garden
In the fall, you can store calla and canna lilies for next year. Both are easy to overwinter. Dugald Cameron explains how to bring plants indoors.
Tuberous begonias are often flowering at their best in late summer, just when it’s time to bring them indoors. How to store tuberous begonias over winter.
Evergreen shrubs and trees might give the impression that they’re tough and resilient, but evergreens require protection to avoid winter injuries.
The arrival of seed catalogues coincides with the end of pumpkin season. Plant hybridizers now are evolving beautiful “ugly” heirloom pumpkins.
Well-behaved goldenrod cultivars are useful plants to have in mid-autumn. Goldenrod combines well with gaura, a compact cultivar.
Roses and ornamental grasses in the front garden continue to bloom and prolong the seasonal display, much appreciated in autumn
It’s time for fall cleanup chores in the garden. Judith Adam would rather clean garden beds and borders than clean the kitchen floor. Among chores: remove thicker shoots rising from the rootstock under my ‘Red Jade’ crabapple.
With the first frost of the season, gardening time is growing short. There’s still time for moving a few shrubs, including my favourite shrub rose, ‘Etna’.
Return leaves to the earth where they will help develop friable soil with pore spaces for the exchange of oxygen and the drainage of water.
Two perennials are carrying on like this is the moment they’ve been waiting for: the azure monkshood (sometimes known as wolfsbane) and the yellow fumewort, Corydalis lutea, and its cousin, C. ochroleuca, the white and yellow fumewort.