Visiting gardens farther afield also offers up lots of inspiration, especially garden design ideas that can be transplanted to your own space.
September in the Garden
Among the healthiest foods we can eat, homegrown garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Garlic can be enjoyed four ways: as young or mature bulbs, scapes and greens.
When clearing plants in the fall, two little goldfinches have reminded me that birds are dependent on seedheads for their autumn diet. Leave seed for birds.
At the Stratford Festival garden in Ontario, I was surprised to find tall thick stands of culver’s root and turtlehead, two old-fashioned Zone 5 plants.
It’s time to move plants and tubers indoors for winter. Favourite summer annuals (like pelargoniums and tender herbs) should already be indoors.
Lawns will forgive a summer of neglect if you’ll do something good for them in autumn. Here are three key tips for lawns this fall.
Marian and Louis Damm, owners of Floral Dimensions, answered some of my beginner questions and I also saw some amazing ideas for displaying succulents.
Rose of Sharon loves heat, so it will be happy in your hottest spot. It’s hardy only to minus -12°C, and in a severe winter cold snap, the branches might die back.
With autumn creeping in, there are changes in the garden.
The merits of a three- to four-inch blanket of leaf mulch on soil is a gardener’s autumn mission — to return nutrients to the soil, conserve moisture, promote healthy soil structure and prevent erosion.
Here’s my leaf mulch drill: twice in autumn, I rake up big piles of fallen leaves and needles, and throw them into a lightweight plastic kiddy pool. I drag the pool around from area to area, distributing the leaf mulch.