Fall Garden Maintenance Checklist

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The 8 Things You Need To Know For Fall Gardening! Fall is a great time to get out in the garden to protect your investment and prepare for spring. You can plant new varieties, and clean up and maintain your existing garden to ensure healthy growth next season. We're here to help with a fall gardening checklist.

1. Wildflower Aftercare: Mowing And Seeding

To mow or not to mow? This is a question we’re asked daily by wildflower gardeners throughout the country each year. Read on to learn the pros and cons of mowing your meadow or wildflower planting in the fall, and tips for how to care for your meadow.

Learn More: To Mow (Or Not To Mow) At The End Of The Season


2. Cut Back Perennials

Once your perennials have died back (you'll know in a glance when they turn brown), cut back any dead growth to give the plants a fresh start for the spring. You can leave some flower varieties standing, such as Echinacea and Black Eyed Susans, to create a food source for birds. Ornamental Grasses can also be left up over the winter to create visual interest and habitat for birds and beneficial insects! Any plants that are left up over winter can be cut back in Spring to make way for new growth.

Learn More: Cutting Back Perennials And Wildflowers


3. Plant Perennials and Spring-Blooming Bulbs Before Frost

Did you know that in most cases, fall is actually a much better time to plant than spring? And we’re not just talking about fall-planted bulbs either! As nights lengthen and days begin to cool off, the soil is still quite warm, providing a wonderful environment for plants to focus on root growth rather than putting energy into spring foliage and flower. By the time spring warms the soil and the earth gets moving again, plants have had plenty of time to establish strong, healthy roots and are raring to go!

Learn More: Getting Your Garden Ready For Fall Planting


4. Plant Cover Crops To Protect & Enrich Your Soil

Cover crops can perform a wide range of jobs to improve your garden soil. Are you looking to add nitrogen, fight pests, or stabilize erosion-prone soils? Each job calls for a different cover crop. Our guide will help you choose the perfect cover crop to plant this fall.

Learn More: How To Select Cover Crops For The Home Garden


5. Dig & Store Cold-Sensitive Summer Blooming Bulbs

If you live in a cold area and you grew Dahlias, Gladiolus, and other frost-sensitive bulbs, you can dig these up in the fall, to save them and replant them in spring! The best time to do this is at the end of the season, before your last frost. Store them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place to plant next season.

Learn More: How To Dig & Store Dahlias For Winter and How To Store Spring-Planted Bulbs


6. Divide Mature Perennials

Perennials such as Daylilies and Bearded Iris can be divided in the fall and either moved, or given away to lucky gardening friends!

Learn More: How To Divide & Share Plants With Friends This Fall


7. Protect Sensitive Plants

If you have cold-sensitive plants in the garden bed, protect them with a layer of mulch or natural cloth. If you have cold-sensitive plants in containers, bring them indoors to enjoy during the winter months.

Fall is also a great time to apply a light fertilizer to plants and bulbs! 


8. Force Bulbs For Indoor Blooms In Winter

Just because winter is coming, doesn't mean you can't enjoy fresh flowers year round! Amaryllis and Paperwhites are well-known for their spectacular indoor blooms. You can also chill Fall-Planted Bulbs plant them indoors for early blooms! 

Learn More: How To Force Flower Bulbs For Indoor Blooms


Shop Wildflower Seed Mixes

  1. spring into summer wildflower mix

    The Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix (formerly known as Summer Splash) offers up some of the biggest color of any mixture we carry! With 44 easy-to-grow species, this is a grea...

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    Spring Into Summer Seasonal Wildflower Seed Mix Spring Into Summer Seasonal Wildflower Seed Mix
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    The Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix (formerly known as Summer Splash) offers up some of the biggest color of any mixture we carry! With 44 easy-to-grow species, this is a great choice for new garden beds, replacing part of your lawn, or creating a naturalized meadow. Packed with heat-tolerant quick bloomers, this mix can be planted well into the summer for color in the first season. An easy, rewarding mix for those new to wildflowers and experts alike.
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  2. All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity

    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity features a bold, simple color palette with 10 easy-to-grow annual wildflower varieties. This mix of wildflowers will make for be...

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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity
    As low as $9.95 Sale $8.46
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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity features a bold, simple color palette with 10 easy-to-grow annual wildflower varieties. This mix of wildflowers will make for beautiful natural bouquets with warm, harmonious colors. Watch as pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are attracted to your meadow. Annuals bloom just a few weeks after planting and continue from spring through frost. Plant in full sun. 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds are is guaranteed to grow.
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  3. All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety will create a rainbow of color with 23 annual wildflower varieties. If you're looking for a quick-blooming meadow to give you armfu...

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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety
    As low as $9.95 Sale $9.46
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    All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety will create a rainbow of color with 23 annual wildflower varieties. If you're looking for a quick-blooming meadow to give you armfuls of cut-flower bouquets, this mix is for you! Blooming starts just weeks after planting and continues from spring all the way through frost, attracting a parade of pollinators along the way. Plant in full sun. This mix contains 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds, and is guaranteed to grow. (Formerly known as our All Annual Mix).
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  4. Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix

    The Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dyna...

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    Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    The Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix contains 27 different annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive when planted in the Northeast. Exceptionally easy to grow, this mix brings a dynamic medley of blooms to the landscape throughout the entire summer season, with no gaps in color. Annual wildflowers like Calendula and Cornflower appear quickly in the first year, while perennial varieties like Wild Lupine and Echinacea provide many years of color starting in the second season. Designed for planting in: CT, ME, MA, RI, VT, NH, DE, PA, NY, NJ, MD, WV, QC and the Eastern Provinces, this mix contains only 100% Pure, non-GMO & neonicotinoid-free seeds.
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Shop Perennials

  1. White Shasta Daisy Becky, Leucanthemum superbum

    Becky gives you classic white daisies with wider petals and brilliant centers. Perennial plant of the year in 2003. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Becky Shasta Daisy Becky Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Becky
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    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Becky gives you classic white daisies with wider petals and brilliant centers. Perennial plant of the year in 2003. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  2. Summer Berries Yarrow, Achillea millefolium Summer Berries

    Summer Berries Yarrow brings a colorful surprise to your garden with blooms of either gold, pink or red. A hardy perennial known for its ability to attract butterflies, bees, and bi...

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    Summer Berries Yarrow Summer Berries Yarrow Achillea millefolium Summer Berries
    $9.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Summer Berries Yarrow brings a colorful surprise to your garden with blooms of either gold, pink or red. A hardy perennial known for its ability to attract butterflies, bees, and birds is a must-have for every sunny, dry garden. Bursts of tightly packed flowerheads float above fern-like foliage and add unique texture to fresh and dried bouquets. We suggest planting in odd-numbered groups of 3 or 5 to achieve a bright blend of color. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Achillea millefolium)
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  3. Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry ...

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    Russian Sage Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
    As low as $11.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry climates and is drought tolerant once established. Very attractive to pollinators, find a spot for this beautiful specimen where its gentle colors and loose shape can play a supporting role to bolder perennials, like coneflowers, rudbeckia and liatris. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  4. Pink Echinacea Magnus, Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $9.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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Shop Fall-Planted Flower Bulbs

  1. Fall Blooming Crocus Bulbs Mix, Crocus, Fall Blooming Crocus Mix

    Plant this fall flowering crocus mix in late summer and you'll have a mix of purples and whites in only weeks. Excellent addition to your garden. (Crocus)...

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    Fall Flowering Crocus Mix Autumn Crocus Mix Crocus kotschyanus Fall Flowering Mix
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Plant this fall flowering crocus mix in late summer and you'll have a mix of purples and whites in only weeks. Excellent addition to your garden. (Crocus)
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  2. Purple Saffron Crocus Bulbs, Crocus sativus, Saffron Crocus

    Saffron is worth its weight in gold, so it pays to grow your own! These beautiful purple crocus flower in fall and offer you pure, prized edible saffron on each flower's stigmas. Ea...

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    Saffron Crocus Saffron Crocus Crocus sativus
    As low as $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Saffron is worth its weight in gold, so it pays to grow your own! These beautiful purple crocus flower in fall and offer you pure, prized edible saffron on each flower's stigmas. Easy to grow and exceptional in containers. (Crocus sativus)
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  3. White Autumn Crocus Bulbs, Crocus kotschyanus, Autumn Crocus zonatus

    Glistening pure-white crocus flowers sparked with orange and yellow anthers catch everyone's attention against the deep-blue skies of autumn. As welcome in fall as the famous white c...

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    White Fall Flowering Crocus Autumn Crocus White Crocus kotschyanus Albus
    $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Bag of 6
    Glistening pure-white crocus flowers sparked with orange and yellow anthers catch everyone's attention against the deep-blue skies of autumn. As welcome in fall as the famous white crocus is in springtime. (Crocus kotschyanus)
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  4. White Colchicum Bulbs Autumn White, Colchicum autumnale, Autumn Colchicum

    Pure white flowers of this Colchicum appear in fall just weeks after planting. Each bulb will produce 5 to 10 flowers. Deer Resistant. (Colchicum autumnale)...

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    Autumn White Colchicum Giant Autumn Crocus White Colchicum autumnale Album
    $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Bag of 1
    Pure white flowers of this Colchicum appear in fall just weeks after planting. Each bulb will produce 5 to 10 flowers. Deer Resistant. (Colchicum autumnale)
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