Most people probably think of planting things during the typical growing season of Spring, but did you know that there are some plants, shrubs, and trees that can add beauty and character to your yard in the Fall, too? The only trick you need to know is which particular plants to pick that will provide you with quite the treat throughout the drab-looking winter and the upcoming new year.
One way to treat yourself when you are deciding which plants to purchase is to look for the end-of-season sales. Towards the end of the summer and into the fall, many garden-supply stores will have sales, as they make room for things like Christmas cacti, Christmas trees, and poinsettias. You can pick up some great deals on things like perennials, which can have a long-growing life especially in the southern areas like Alabama, where the temperatures never really get too cold. It is also a great time to buy bulbs, shrubs, and fruit trees.
Fruit and nut trees can be especially good to plant now, before the temperatures do take a little dip. Planting now will give the trees some time to develop a root system, and they will be ready to really bloom in the coming spring. Some examples of trees that are good choices are pecan trees, peach trees, apple trees, and walnut trees.
Shrubs are also a popular choice for pre-winter planting ideas. Some hardy shrubs that will thrive during the winter include Camellias, Witch Hazels, Winter Daphne, Nandina, and Evergreen Holly bushes. The Camellia bushes and the Winter Daphne plants are especially nice because they often bloom when temperatures are not too cold, which is often the case throughout a southern winter. It can be a real serendipity to have plants around the yard that have blossoms on them in December or January.
Late fall and early winter is also a great time to plant bulbs and pansies. Bulbs may not benefit you much during the winter, but by planting them now, you can promise a beautiful show of flowers in the spring and summer months. Bulbs are often an unexpected surprise when they begin to pop out of the ground, because many people either don’t remember that they planted them several months ago, or they forgot the location of their plantings. It is always fun to see the little sprigs of leaves show up throughout the flowerbeds or borders around neighborhood yards. Pansies are also abundant in garden supply stores now. They are available in a multitude of colors and they add a lot of vibrancy and beautiful colors to barren winter landscapes.
As you can see, there are many options that can be planted in the late fall and early winter. Many of these choices will provide you with beauty throughout the winter, and some will wait until warmer weather to show off their splendor. Either way, the appearance of your yard and home will benefit from their beauty and their character.
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