Randi V.W. Eckel, PhD

Sept. 1, 2015

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Fall, the season of Goldenrods and Asters and so much more, is just around the corner - which means it a great time to plant perennials!

Crooked Stem Aster (Symphyotrichum prenanthoides)

Fall Once More

It's true - the days are getting a little shorter, the nights a little cooler, and transplants love that! Pretty much all perennials - trees, shrubs, ferns and herbaceous plants settle in fantastically when planted in the fall. Why? The cool fall and spring weather gives them plenty of time to settle their roots and get well established before taking on the sometimes harsh reality of summer weather. In addition , this winter you can enjoy the warm, smug feeling of knowing you already have plants in the ground and ready to start growing in the spring.

Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

What about Wildflower Seeds?

Fall/Winter/Early Spring in also the ideal time to plant native seeds! Many of them require a period of 'cold stratification' (cool & moist conditions) before they will grow. By far the easiest and best way to accomplish that is to plant them in the fall/early winter let Mother Nature do it herself.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

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