Fall Planting FAQ

September 7th, 2022


Gardening is multitasking! One walk through the garden allows us to both enjoy our successes and decide what needs some tweaking. So, today let’s be true gardeners and do two things at once – savor the last breaths of summer and look forward to fall.

Check out this view of a pollinator patch on one of our berm plantings. Last week we noticed:

1 – These two established plantings are absolutely gorgeous (Beyond Midnight® bluebeard on the left and ‘Miss Violet’ butterfly bush farther back on the right).

2 – There was a gap between these two groups. This week we filled the gap with Let’s Dance Can Do!™ hydrangeas. This addition not only attracts pollinators, but adds complexity to the color story and will bring long lasting color to that spot in the future too. What else would you add to this planting? Reply to this email and let me know.

If you’re thinking it might be time to plant, we’ve answered all of the most common questions we get about fall planting so you can get out there and garden with confidence.

Suñorita® rose

The first thing we look for in our rose trials is reliable disease resistance. We want gardeners to relax, not obsess over leaf spots or mildew. So you can imagine our joy at finding a tough plant that is also incredibly beautiful. It blooms continuously all summer long, bringing sunshine to the garden no matter the weather.

  • full sun (6+ hours of direct sunlight)
  • 3-4 ft. tall and wide
  • USDA zones 5-9 (-20°F/-28°C)

Why aren’t my panicle hydrangeas changing color?

There are three main reasons a panicle hydrangea might skip turning pink and go right to brown:

1 – The plant didn’t get enough water.

2 – The nighttime temperatures were too high for too long (70°F/21°C and above for days in a row).

3 – Their flowers were regularly getting wet from precipitation or irrigation.

Grow hydrangeas in full sun with these 3 tips.

Fall in love with the dwarf hydrangea of your dreams in 30 seconds.

All of your fall planting questions are answered in this FAQ article.

Written by
Kristina Howley

Kristina Howley

I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.


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