This is my first year planting perennials. I'd greatly appreciate some tips
about what I should consider planting this fall.
In particular I need to find out what stuff, besides tulips and daffodils ,
has to be planted in the fall in order to bloom the next year. Bulbs?
seeds? potted nursery plants? All suggestions welcome!
I'm in the colder part of Zone 5 on a partly shaded hill near the MA/VT/NH
Fall is generally a good time for planting, provided your fall is cool and
moist. You can plant virtually any potted plant or containerized shrub or
tree. I like to give them a good 6 weeks to settle in before nasty weather
sets in. Another good reason for planting in the fall is that nurseries and
garden centers are cleaning out their plants because they can't or don't
want to hold them over until spring. That means you can get some good
bargains. There are many plants for shade. I would also suggest that you
order some catalogs for reference. You can get some good ideas of what
would be appropriate at www.bluestoneperennials.com If you look under the
online catalog tab, there is a custom search feature.
Bluestone Perennials is a good operation. I have visited their Madison,
Ohio facility, and they are truly nice people who sell small, healthy
plants. I don't know about their bulbs. I assume that they are just
resellers like everyone else who buys bulbs from Holland and resells them.
You might look at John Scheepers http://www.johnscheepers.com/ for bulbs.
But to answer your question. Yes, if you plant spring flowering bulbs this
fall, they will bloom next year. Here in zone 6, many people plant bulbs
after removing their summer annuals. Then, they put in pansies over them.
The pansy's will give color throughout the fall and again in the spring
before the bulbs bloom.
If you are in zone 6a I would wait until mid or late October
to plant your bulbs.
I agree with Vox on who to buy plans and bulbs from. I have
bought from both vendors and they provide excellent service.
Thanks to you both--I will take a look at the other website as well.
But what about the bulbs that are supposed to come up in the fall?
Bluestone had some crocuses, I believe, advertised as fall bloomers. Will
those come up this year if I plant them within the next month?
By the way, this is the crocus I was looking at that is said to bloom in the
I was wondering if it would bloom this fall or if I would have to wait a
year before anything came up.
Fall blooming crocus, Colchicum autumnale, should be planted now for fall
blooming this year. Here is link to some information:
Yes, October is a good time to plant bulbs. That is when my annuals come
out. I have planted bulbs as late as January 1st. You can always find good
sales in November.
I don't know where you are in the Ohio Valley, but you might consider taking
a trip up to Madison to visit Bluestone. The first weekend in June, they
have a huge clearance sale where they turn people lose in their greenhouses
and sell their plants at a greatly reduce rate. It was $20 per flat, but
now I believe it $40. Still, that is a great price for all you can stuff
into a flat.
I'd walk about your neighborhood and speak to neighbors about what
grows there about.
Cone Flowers Bleeding Hearts Day Lilies Whew.... lots of options
and mistakes are open to you.
Find White Flower Farms located in Conn. USA via your Search
Engine or better yet pay them a visit. Talk to folk's.
Please consider gardening fun...if it turns into work scale back!
Zone 5 S Jersey USA Shade Earth sometimes.
There is atleast one word misspelled deliberately in the above post. ;))
Go away. I'm still waiting for summer to come. Don't scare me with the
As other said, you can plan virtually any perennials, shrubs and trees
in fall. You can visit your local nursery or HD to find out what they
have in fall. You can only plant what they sell unless you spend more
to get from other sources.
Peony will do well in shade. Hosta is very easy to grow and multiply.
Garden phlox can grow in partial shade.
Maine Farms Day was just this last weekend... many large perennial
growers/sellers held open house.
If you are wondering what you'd LIKE to plant, visiting the growers with
demonstration gardens is the thing to do this time of year. Get to see
plants in their relationships at the height of the growing season.
It gives you a whole different perspective when you see mixed gardens in a
mature state. You can also take notes of things you WANT to plant
TOGETHER and things you wouldn't want to give garden room.
If you want a marvelous day trip, Fieldstone Gardens in Vassalboro Maine is
top notch. ( usual disclaimer, not affiliated but satisfied customer).
Info from the Maine State Website here
You may have these resources where you live, in which case, closer to home
| This is my first year planting perennials. I'd greatly appreciate some
| about what I should consider planting this fall.
| In particular I need to find out what stuff, besides tulips and daffodils
| has to be planted in the fall in order to bloom the next year. Bulbs?
| seeds? potted nursery plants? All suggestions welcome!
| I'm in the colder part of Zone 5 on a partly shaded hill near the MA/VT/NH
| -- Jenny
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