5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant

by Amanda

fall is the best time to plant 

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. Perennial Plants And Wildflowers Get A Jump-Start On Spring Growth.

Planting perennials and wildflowers in the fall gives them a head start on growth the following spring. 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. In 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 head-start means early season wildflowers first-season perennials will be able to show their flowers sooner!

Shop Easy-To-Grow Perennials

  1. Wild Orange Tiger Lily

    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, ...

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    Orange Tiger Lily Orange Tiger Lily Lilium lancifolium, Lilium tigrinum
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, beckoning to butterflies. Demure downward-facing petals curve back on themselves, protecting its pollen from rain. Orange Tiger Lilies efficiently spreads in the garden, creating large clusters and bountiful blooms over time. (Lilium lancifolium)
  2. Low Maintenance Daylily Collection

    Our Low Maintenance Daylily Collection features six popular eye-catching Daylily varieties. Bright summer blooms feature all the colors of a vivid summer sunset, from soft white to c...

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    Low Maintenance Daylily Collection Low Maintenance Daylily Collection Hemerocallis
    $109.32 Sale $81.99
    Per Collection of 18
    Our Low Maintenance Daylily Collection features six popular eye-catching Daylily varieties. Bright summer blooms feature all the colors of a vivid summer sunset, from soft white to clear yellow, bold orange, and peachy pink, and brilliant red. A mix of sizes will give your planting interesting variety, and graceful arching foliage adds attractive texture all season long. Spreading gently over time, Daylilies are a great garden investment! Collection of 18 bare root plants.
  3. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia with Monarch Butterfly

    ‚Goldsturm‚ Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center ‚buttons&sbqu...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
  4. Easy Care Pre-Planned Garden

    We designed the Easy Care Garden to give you striking, colorful flowers that look beautiful together without making many demands on your time. Although these are the easiest-to-care-...

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    Easy Care Pre-Planned Garden Easy Care Pre-Planned Garden
    $218.65 Sale $163.99
    Per Garden of 27 Plants
    We designed the Easy Care Garden to give you striking, colorful flowers that look beautiful together without making many demands on your time. Although these are the easiest-to-care-for plants we know of, there’s been no compromise in the looks department! Dramatic blooms like torch lily, rudbeckia, and campanula deliver interest throughout the summer season. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.

2. Provide Crucial Support For Pollinators.

With earlier blooms comes earlier nectar sources for pollinators! Birds, bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects can struggle to find food at the extreme ends of the gardening season. By providing early-spring and autumn nectar supplies, you'll be doing your part to support pollinators! This is important in protecting the human food supply as well, as we rely on pollinators for healthy harvests of fruits and vegeatbles to put on our own dinner tables!

Shop Wildflowers To Attract Pollinators

  1. Northeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix

    Plant your support for the disappearing pollinator population in your own backyard with our Northeast Pollinator Mix. This easy-to-grow blend is designed to provide food and habitat ...

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    Northeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix Northeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $14.95 Sale $14.20
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Plant your support for the disappearing pollinator population in your own backyard with our Northeast Pollinator Mix. This easy-to-grow blend is designed to provide food and habitat to northeastern pollinators throughout the length of the growing season. Annual and perennial wildflowers like New England Aster, Black Eyed Susan, Milkweed, Coreopsis and Cosmos provide pollen, nectar and shelter for hundreds of important species, including Monarch butterflies and native bees. Contains only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds, best for planting in CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV, QC and the Eastern Townships. Guaranteed to grow.
  2. Backyard Birding Wildflower Seed Mix in a meadow with two birdhouses

    Our Backyard Birding Wildflower Seed Mix is an easy way to grow bird and pollinator habitat right in your own back yard. A rainbow of colorful flowers will light up your landscape fr...

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    Backyard Birding Wildflower Seed Mix Backyard Birding Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $14.95 Sale $13.46
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Our Backyard Birding Wildflower Seed Mix is an easy way to grow bird and pollinator habitat right in your own back yard. A rainbow of colorful flowers will light up your landscape from spring through fall. Birds will swoop through to feed on tiny insects, and once flowers fade, seeds provide them another good food source. Includes a mix of annuals, biennials, and perennials. All of our seed is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
  3. Southeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix

    Attract and support pollinators found in the southeast all season long with the Southeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix. Colorful favorites like Clasping Coneflower, Sulphur Cosmos,...

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    Southeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix Southeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $14.95 Sale $14.20
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Attract and support pollinators found in the southeast all season long with the Southeast Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix. Colorful favorites like Clasping Coneflower, Sulphur Cosmos, Butterfly Weed, and Red Poppy are easy to grow and provide habitat and breeding grounds for a variety of pollinators. This mix contains 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds for planting in: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, Eastern TX and VA.
  4. Echinacea and Swallowtail butterfly, Butterfly and hummingbird wildflower seed mix

    With its abundance of nectar-rich blooms, the Butterfly & Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix can be planted to attract beautiful pollinators in any region of the country. Containing 16 ...

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    Butterfly & Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix Butterfly and Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $9.95 Sale $9.45
    Per 1/4 Pound
    With its abundance of nectar-rich blooms, the Butterfly & Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix can be planted to attract beautiful pollinators in any region of the country. Containing 16 annual and perennial wildflowers including Wild Cosmos, Rocket Larkspur, Echinacea and Catchfly, this diverse blend delivers stunning color throughout the season. A great choice for a variety of soil types, this mix contains only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds. Guaranteed to grow.

3. Enjoy The Cooler 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. 

 

4. Use Less Water.

Cooler weather helps to eliminate evaporation. Plus, shorter days mean that photosynthesis slows down as well, meaning that your new plants require less water than if planted in the spring.

 

5. Give Spring-Blooming Bulbs A Chance To Chill.

Do you love colorful varieties such as tulips, daffodils and more? These spring-blooming bulbs need to be planted in the fall, because they require a wintering-over time to provide gorgeous, cheerful spring blooms. (Not to worry - if you live in a warm climate, you can chill spring blooming bulbs in your refrigerator.) 

  1. Red and White Charisma Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    ‚Charisma‚ Amaryllis charms with star-shaped blooms that feature red flames, rising from a red throat set against pure white petals. Razor sharp, bold red edging adds eve...

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    Charisma Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Charisma Hippeastrum Charisma
    $26.65 Sale $19.99
    Per Bag of 1
    'Charisma' Amaryllis charms with star-shaped blooms that feature red flames, rising from a red throat set against pure white petals. Razor sharp, bold red edging adds even more accent to this dramatic color-maker. Expect numerous blooms to appear on multiple stalks. (Hippeastrum)
  2. Yellow Paperwhite Bulbs Grand Soleil D'Or, Narcissus tazetta, Indoor Daffodils Grand Soleil D'Or

    Grand Soleil D‚Or has rich golden bloom with orange trumpets. Plant paperwhites indoors and you‚ll have fragrant blooms in 10-12 weeks....

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    Grand Soleil D'Or Paperwhite Indoor Paperwhite Grand Soleil D'Or Narcissus tazetta Grand D'Or Soleil
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 4
    Grand Soleil D'Or has rich golden bloom with orange trumpets. Plant paperwhites indoors and you'll have fragrant blooms in 10-12 weeks.
  3. White Paperwhite Bulbs Ziva, Narcissus tazetta, Indoor Paperwhites Ziva

    Ziva is the most popular paperwhite for fragrant indoor blooms. It is extremely easy to grow - Simply add water and you will be delighted with blooms in just 6-10 weeks! (Narcissus t...

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    Ziva Paperwhite Indoor Paperwhite Ziva Narcissus tazetta Ziva
    $8.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 4
    Ziva is the most popular paperwhite for fragrant indoor blooms. It is extremely easy to grow - Simply add water and you will be delighted with blooms in just 6-10 weeks! (Narcissus tazetta)
  4. Red Cherry Nymph Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    ‚Cherry Nymph‚ Amaryllis brings an almost rose-like shape to the world of double flowering amaryllis! Rich, red petals pile high atop rugged, leaf-green stalks. Easy to g...

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    Cherry Nymph Amaryllis Bulb Amaryllis Cherry Nymph Hippeastrum Cherry Nymph
    $26.65 Sale $19.99
    Per Bag of 1
    'Cherry Nymph' Amaryllis brings an almost rose-like shape to the world of double flowering amaryllis! Rich, red petals pile high atop rugged, leaf-green stalks. Easy to grow indoors or out, these amaryllis make thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. (Hippeastrum)
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