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Posted in You | September 2013

Fall gardening inside and out!

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Fall can be one of the most beautiful seasons, thanks to Mother Nature’s colorful show. But it’s also the time when lush summer gardens start to slowly die back. Blooms begin to fade and plants that require summer’s heat and light to thrive quietly shrink away and disappear.

It’s tempting to plant early bloomers in your garden at the beginning of spring—who doesn’t want to see color and life in a garden that has been dormant for months as soon as possible? But it’s important to think about the entire growing season when planting in the spring. Remember to save space for fall blooming flowers that may be green all summer and only spring to life as the temperatures start to cool. That way your garden will never be without color.

It’s always important to make sure that the plants you choose are right for your hardiness zone. There’s no point in purchasing an expensive perennial plant (those that come back each spring) if it doesn’t stand a chance of surviving over your harsh winter. When you’re choosing plants, check the tags to make sure they’re appropriate for your garden and climate, or ask a staff member to help if you’re unsure.

According to About.com Gardening the 10 best fall bloomers are:

  • Aster novi-belgii (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Caryopteris (blue mist shrub)
  • Chelone (turtlehead)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Eupatorium (Joe-Pye weed)
  • Helenium (sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (perennial sunflower)
  • Heliopsis (false sunflower)
  • Sedum (stonecrop)
  • Solidago (goldenrod)

But don’t forget about shrubs! While they may not bloom during the spring and summer, some shrubs put on amazing displays of color that pack a dramatic punch come fall! According to This Old House, smokebush (continus coggygria), witch hazel, blueberry, and red-twig dogwood are four of the best shrubs for fall color. And of course, as the name implies, the burning bush (euonymus alata) is an outstanding addition to your fall landscape.

While you’re busy planning your outdoor garden, don’t forget about bringing a little life inside your home too! Indoor houseplants are a wonderful way to surround yourself with beauty no matter what season it is. Best of all, houseplants aren’t just lovely to look at—they can also be good for you! Plants release moisture vapor, so they add humidity to your rooms, which can make breathing a little easier.1 They also remove toxins from the air and help to control dust, making your environment a little fresher and healthier.2

Some of the best indoor plants to grow are the spider plant, English ivy, Boston fern, philodendron, chrysanthemum, dragon tree and peace lily, which are all known for their ability to purify the air. Some plants are poisonous to household pets, however, so make sure you ask before purchasing any plants you are not certain are safe.

Good Housekeeping has some great tips for caring for houseplants. The light and conditions inside your home change, so it takes a little preparation and research to make sure your plants are happy and healthy where you’ve settled them. And remember, not all plants thrive in exactly the same conditions. African violets, a favorite for their beautiful blooms and compact growing habit, dislike direct sunlight while crotons are happiest sitting in as much sun as they can soak up.

There is something very satisfying and life affirming about tending plants, be they in your garden or on your windowsill. Take a little time to research the best options for your home and garden, and enjoy all the bright and beautiful colors of the season!

1, 2 http://www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-of-houseplants

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