Fall is a great time to plant. With cool temperatures and increased rainfall, roots have time to become established in warm soil before the ground freezes. Gardening in moderate temperatures also means less stress on you, and outdoor work is pleasant. Plus, planting now means there’s one less task to do next spring.
Perennial flowers come back year after year, giving you a lot of bang for your gardening buck. Look for them in many different colors, heights and forms. A Home Depot Garden Center associate can help you choose the best plants for your garden.
How to Plant Perennials in the Fall:
- Before you buy, decide if your garden spot gets sun or shade. If it gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day, choose sun-loving perennials. Otherwise, pick plants that like part sun to shade.
- Turn the pot upside down. Tap on the bottom and shake it to remove the plant.
- Dig a hole at least twice as wide and as deep as the pot the plant comes in. Use the empty pot as your guide.
- Remove weeds, rocks or grass from the hole, and mix some compost into the soil.
- Gently loosen roots, and place plant in the hole. Keep the root ball at or just below ground level.
- Fill the hole with soil, gently firming it with your hands.
- Water thoroughly.
- Fertilize according to directions.
- Add 2-3” of mulch around the plant.