Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their first season. We’ve put together our top five reasons why we love fall planting.
1. Get a jump-start on spring growth.
Planting perennials and wildflowers in the fall gives them a head start on growth the following spring. Root systems will start to grow once the ground thaws, long before the soil can be worked by human hands and any new plants can be put in. This early start means wildflowers that bloom earlier and first-season perennials that can actually show their flowers!
2. The cool weather.
If the hot, sweaty weather isn’t for you, try gardening in the fall! The crisp, cool air makes for an enjoyable, leisurely experience working in the garden.
3. Crucial support for pollinators.
With earlier blooms comes earlier nectar sources for pollinators, who struggle to find food at the extreme ends of the gardening season. Anytime that you can provide early-spring (and autumn) food supplies for birds, bees, and butterflies, you'll be doing your part to protect the human food supply as well, as we rely on pollinators to put food on our own dinner tables!
4. Less water.
The colder weather helps to eliminate evaporation and shorter days mean that photosynthesis actually slows down, resulting in your new plants requiring less water than if planted in the spring.
5. Spring-blooming bulbs need to winter over.
Do you love colorful varieties such as tulips, daffodils and more? These bulbs need to be planted in the fall and require a wintering-over time to provide gorgeous, cheerful spring blooms.
Fall Planting is all about lessening stress. Less stress for gardeners, plants, and pollinators!
The colder weather in fall causes less stress on your new plants, allowing for the root systems to establish themselves in a comfortable environment before the winter. Savvy gardeners know that planting in fall is a great way to get a stress-free jump on the following season!