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What You Need to Know About Fall Gardening

Looking for ways to improve your garden for next year? Fall gardening is the best time of year to work in the beds and a great time to plant next year’s garden.

With the end of the garden season in sight, I am tweaking my borders to improve their design. New Jersey has had the perfect gardening weather over the last week, so working outside has been ideal.

I took advantage of mother nature’s gift and visited the nursery a few times to pick up shrubs and trees.

And guess what?

I scored THE BEST deals!

Fall Gardening Tip: I’ve mentioned it before and will say it again: mid-late October is the best time to find deals on plants and flowers. Nurseries mark down their stock by 40% and sometimes 50% to move it before winter.

While you are fall gardening this year and planning any kind of a garden run, don’t walk, to get to the nurseries now before their stock is completely gone.

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Fall Gardening in the Well Garden

Shopping for Garden Plants

In last week’s blog, I said that I wanted to plant a Limelight Hydrangea and possibly Sky Pencil Juniper Sky Pencil.

While visiting my favorite nursery, I grabbed the last Limelight Hydrangea. I did not see any Sky Pencil Junipers, but found Green Columnar Juniper instead. It’s a little larger than Sky Pencil but will fill the space better.

And, would you believe I got these at about 50% off?

It was such a great deal!

Planting Next Year's Garden in Fall

When I arrived home from the nursery with my new plant babies, I immediately placed them in the well garden to see how they’d look.


The garden looks so much better. Since I got such a good deal, I decided to go back the next day to buy more Junipers and smaller shrubs for the backyard border.

Shrub Garden Ideas
I love how Limelight Hydrangea and Green Columnar Juniper look in this garden!

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you’ve heard me talk about the hole in the backyard border.

Something was once there but died a few years ago and I haven’t done much to fix it.

That hole really bothered me for too long.

So this year, so I am addressing it because these deals are too good to pass up!

And the Green Columnar Juniper is perfect for this spot because it grows about 5×15′, will add year round interest and a much needed focal point in the border.

Green Columnar Juniper
The Juniper is small now but it will start to fill in over the next few years.

Looking at this border, I want to grab two more Junipers. One for that hole and another for the end section of the border that I have not planted yet.

While there were a few Green Columnar Junipers left, only one looked really healthy, so I grabbed a different variety of Juniper instead that has a similar growing habit.

Fall gardening tip: When you are purchasing plants in fall, check them for signs of pests and disease. We don’t want to bring any problems home to spread an overwinter in the beds.

And of course, while walking around I picked up some small flowering shrubs with amazing fall color to tuck in the end of the back border too.

In addition to Emerald Feather Juniper, I picked up Snowball Spirea and Bluebeard Caryopteris.

Fall Gardening in Suburban Sprawl New Jersey

The fall color in New Jersey is peaking this week and is just gorgeous! The fall colors are so amazingly beautiful – I just love this time of year.

While we are on the subject of fall borders, did you hear? My front entry fall garden was featured in Fine Gardening Magazine’s Garden Photo of the Day Blog! To read the article, click here.

Isn’t that so cool? I am pretty excited about it because Fine Gardening is one of my favorite gardening publications. Through the years, I have learned so much from the contributors that it’s fun to see my little corner of the world in their blog.

Since everything looks so beautiful right now, let’s check out the beds and I’ll show you where I planted the newbies!

Front Entry Garden

The cottage garden that wraps around the front walkway looks so good right now! My gourds are doing well on the front porch without disturbance from squirrels or my dogs.

And everything is looking beautiful for fall. I love how the scattered leaves look in the garden right now. But they will need to be raked out when fall gardening season comes to a close.

Front Porch Decor Ideas
The front porch Mums are just starting to bloom. I’ve been watering them daily to insure they do not dry out.

Fall Garden Ideas

Fall Garden Ideas
I love how the Arbor Vitaes and Dwarf Alberta Spruces in the urns add interest to this border.
Fall Porch Decor Ideas
I am so happy that my pumpkin decor is still intact. There is no squirrel or dog damage this year so I will definitely get these again next year!

Fall Garden Ideas
Look at how gorgeous the yellowing leaves of Balloon Flower brighten the garden. We don’t always need blooms for color. Foliage offers a similar impact in borders.
Fall Flower Garden Ideas
When I look back at my previous garden tour blogs, it is amazing how well Sedum Autumn Joy does throughout the garden season. How beautiful is this color?

Well Garden

The well garden looks SO much better with the hydrangea and juniper. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together next year!

Fall Flowering Shrub Garden Ideas
The well garden may move into first place in my heart next year. I love how much the Limelight Hydrangea and Green Columnar Juniper changed the vibe!
Shrub Garden Ideas
My Callicarpa looks amazing paired with Limelight Hydrangea. I love this fall shrub combination.
Fall Flower Shrub Garden Ideas
I cannot wait to see this garden come in over the next few years.

Mailbox Garden

While the fall gardening season is ending, the mailbox garden is thriving! I am really happy with yellow marigolds in this garden and will be sure to tuck them in next year.

I love that they look good in both spring AND fall. Planning ahead a season when purchasing annuals is another great way to save money in the garden.

The Mailbox garden is still going. We have not had a good frost yet so the annuals are still doing their thing!

Backyard Gardens

The fall foliage color is spectacular in the backyard gardens. The borders look amazing while the trees, shrubs and perennials start to change their color.

Don’t you love those bright autumnal hues?

Fall Garden Ideas
The backyard border looks so rustic right now with the perennials dying back and the leaves changing. The fall color looks amazing!
My Endless Summer Hydrangea is still blooming! I need to wrap it soon to protect it this winter.
Shade Garden in Fall
I love the foliage combination of Hostas, Leucothoe and Hellebores.
The Burning Bush in this border turns a darker shade of red daily. By next week, it will be crimson.
View of the Berry, Vegetable and Shed Gardens.
I love how the backyard looks in fall with the woods behind our property. There used to be a lot more trees, but Superstorm Sandy took out several. This is a view from my deck of the berry and shed gardens.
View of the berry garden from the other side.
View of my back yard from the Fire Pit Garden.
While I don’t love the shed color, I love how it looks right now with all the fall color and blooms! Looking at this photo, I want to move the Joe Pye Weed to the right of the vegetable garden entrance. It is too tall for that spot so it is getting moved later this week.
Fall color is one of the reasons I love the change of seasons. I would love to live in a climate where it is warm year round, but I would truly miss this.

Don’t you just love all that fall color? I am so happy I added those new shrubs and trees to the beds and can’t wait to see how they look next year!

In the next week or so, I’m going to tuck more bulbs in the beds for some early spring color.

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