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!
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.
AND I LOVE IT!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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?
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.
Follow the Weekly Garden Tour
I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me! If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed during the growing season, you can see them all here:
- 10 Gorgeous Bulbs and Early Spring Perennial Ideas
- 2nd Week – Cool Season Vegetables and Spring Flowers
- 3rd Week – Growth, Change and Everblooming Design
- 4th Week – Growth and Transition in the Spring Garden
- 5th Week – Container Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces
- 6th Week – Adding Color with Annuals
- 7th Week – The Importance of a Tidy Border
- 8th Week – How to Create a Hummingbird Garden
- 9th Week – Spring to Summer Transition
- 10th Week – Summer Perennials, Pest and Disease Control
- 11th Week – Summer Gardening and Patriotic Decor
- 12th Week – Caring for Gardens While On Vacation
- 13th Week – How to Create a Butterfly Garden
- 14th Week – Midsummer Flowers
- 15th Week – Summer to Fall Transition in the Garden
- 16th Week – Tidying Up the Late Summer Flower Garden
- 17th Week – Preparing the Flower Garden for Fall Plantings
- 18th Week – Best Plant for the Fall Garden
- 19th Week – Fall Garden Tip that Will Save You Money
- 20th Week – Easy Fall Garden Maintenance Tip
- 21st Week – 9 Ways to Start Preparing the Garden for Winter
- 22nd Week – Dividing and Transplanting in the Fall Garden
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