Here in the Midwest, building a landscape that is stunning all year round means taking advantage of autumn. The fall climate demands less watering from the homeowner, but what especially allows new plants to flourish is allowing them to build a deep, strong root structure.
With plants from Phelps Nursery and Draguns Landscape Supply in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, we planted this English-inspired, multi-layered, colorful pollinator garden. Planting in the fall allowed the root structures to get established before going dormant in the winter. When spring arrived, those root structures strengthened and deepened, which allowed the plants to withstand summer temperatures, benefit the bees, and attract beautiful butterflies!
Since the property mostly faces north, has acidic soil, and features a tree canopy, we selected a wonderful pallet of shade-tolerant plants that add color to the landscape through their blooms and foliage. We incorporated many varieties of hydrangea and a succession of blooming perennials against a backdrop of evergreens.
The magic of planting in the fall is no secret to landscapers and experienced gardeners. Nurseries and greenhouses always anticipate higher demand for plants in the fall, but the supply does have a limit. JJ Outdoor Living begins planting in mid-September and continues through December, and the sooner you get on our schedule, the better your plant selection will be.