Dig into Fall
Fall is for Planting
Fall, the second Spring
A fall gardening Check list
Cutback times on watering but water deeply (2-3 X week in winter)
Extra attention to watering evergreens and new plantings
Clean debris under shrubs, perennials, roses, etc. to prevent unwanted pests from over wintering
Check for bores and other insect damage and treat
Remove dead or faded summer annuals
Wash out unused containers & put away for the season
Plant cool season annuals
Bring inside tender container plants
Check for insects
Wash off plants
Mulch in spring and fall
Spread 2”-3” of compost or mulch under plants
Remove any dead branches or limbs
Prune Perennials end of February or early March
Prune Woodies in December or January
Prune Roses in April
Clean up weeds and debris so pests don’t over winter
Fall is for planting!
Fall is a great time to plant
It’s nice to be outside
80% of plant’s root growth occurs in late summer and fall (number of days between spring and heat of summer is too short for plants to establish deep roots before heat sets in)
The moisture we get in July and August helps plants
Plants installed in the fall don’t suffer from spring transplant shock and will grow rapidly in the spring for bigger, better display of color in spring
Roots of perennials will continue to grow if soil temperature above 50 degrees
What to plant in the fall?
For less work and more show plant naturalized or perennial bulbs.
Tulip tarda, muscari, daffodils, alliums and crocus
Plant bulbs after first light frost
Layer bulbs for a better show – large bulbs on bottom and smaller ones on top!
Plant for fall color
Plant late summer/fall blooming perennials: New Mexico Sunflowers, Furman’s Red Texas Sage, Beebalm (Monarda), scutellaria, Asters, Goldenrod (Solidago), Sedums, Agastache and grasses to name a few
Plant native shrubs and trees
Honeysuckle, Rabbit bush (Chamisa) and New Mexico Privet for example
Get plants into the ground 6 weeks or so before first hard frost
Plant with good compost and balanced fertilizer like Yum Yum (especially for native and xeric plants)
Plant for Pollinators
Plant for garden habitat (plants that bloom early in spring and late into fall)
Provide nectar and pollen for migrating monarchs and hummingbirds
Seeds and fruits for songbirds
Nectar and pollen for butterflies, native bees, honey bees and bumblebees
Good Pollinator Plants
New Mexico Sunflowers, Asters, Yarrow, Golden Rod, Echinacea, Agastache, Salvia numerosa, and Zauschneria
One of the best plants for fall is grasses. They look their best in the fall, are a food source and offer protection for small animals
Best planted in the Fall
Fall is the best time to plant Milkweed as it does not transplant well in spring
Oriental poppies are best planted in the fall – they need the cold winter temps to bloom in the spring
What not to plant in the fall
Plants that are marginal in your zone (like perennial verbena)
Yuccas, cacti and agaves are better planted in the spring
Some shrubs like Crepe Myrtle, Photina and Nandina do better planted in Spring
Herb Container Garden
As the temperatures rise we feel less inclined to spend time in the hot sun but want to enjoy the pleasure of the garden. That’s when container gardens, hanging baskets and potted plants become super heroes. The key to their popularity is flexibility. Here are a few ideas for container gardens.
KITCHEN GARDENS – *Herb Gardens with assorted herbs will be the chefs best friend. Just snip as needed and add to your favorite recipes for gourmet flair.
*Plant cocktail tomatoes, cilantro and peppers for a fresh Salsa Garden.
Cocktail Mints are the new rage to add summer freshness to your favorite adult beverage like a Rum Mojito or combined with fruit slices to create a delicious Spa Water or Iced Tea.
CACTUS GARDEN -- *Cactus Garden with assorted succulents adds great texture to the garden and southwest flair for the patio. These plants are water-wise and low maintenance.
FANTASTIC FLORALS *Whether used in patio containers or hanging baskets Perennial Delights has a wide variety of pre-planted floral containers and baskets. The vivid color and fragrance are not only beautiful, they attract pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies.
NEW THIS YEAR *Scented Geraniums have a wide variety of colorful blossoms and amazing scented leaves. Place a lemon-citron scented geranium on a table top or hang near a gathering place and it will deter mosquitos.
Perennial Delights has eight varieties of scented geraniums.
Perennial Delights has a wide variety of native plants that will thrive in hot temperatures and require minimal water. Here is a list of some of our favorites:
TREES: Desert Willow –Orchid like flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds.
Oklahoma Redbud – Purple flowers that blooms early.
Desert Olive/New Mexico Privet – Can be pruned to be a nice accent tree.
VINES: Trumpet Vines are a hummingbird favorite with bright orange, yellow or pink blooms.
Silverlace fast growing with delicate white blossoms that are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds.
Coral Honeysuckle - Beautiful colorful blossoms that contract dark green leaves. Also popular with pollinators.
SUN LOVERS:Agastache – Also known as Hummingbird Mint has orange to pinkish red blossoms.
Yarrow – Nectar for butterflies and birds with a wide color range from yellow to red.
Lavender – Needs good drainage and comes in a wide variety, most of which are extremely fragrant.
This is a small sampling of the wide assortment of plants that we grow ourselves. Next time you’re in the Village of Corrales we encourage you to stop by 3871 Corrales Road and tour our greenhouses. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you make the most of your garden and help you enjoy your summer.
Floral Hanging Basket
Perennial Delights will open for our sixth season.
Featuring locally grown annuals, herbs, veggies and as the name says, perennials.We also have a selection of roses and shrubs - xeric and native. Stop at our plant stand on Corrales Road for a quick in and out purchase or drive back to the greenhouses for a stroll through our more than 200 varieties of perennials and more. Try something new this year like scented geranium for the patio or cocktail mint (think mojitos) or a new perennial container garden. We would be happy to help you with your gardening questions.
See you soon!
What to Plant and When
Follow this link to the Albuquerque Master Gardeners website to learn about planting in the Albuquerque area from July-August
Herb Scented Spa Water