Autumn is not as showy as springtime and without the sizzle of summer; it’s a mellow time with flashes of vibrant color with a constant reminder of the renewal cycle in nature where leaves fall and replenish the earth from which they had first gained nourishment. With that said, what are your main autumn chores?
BulbsEarly autumn is the time to plant your bulbs for a gorgeous spring display. Decide if you want the bulbs to stay where they are in huge drifts of color or if you feel that they are getting somewhat crowded and would do well to be lifted and thinned out. Whilst not all the ‘bulbs’ mentioned here are true bulbs, they are lumped here because they would be treated in a similar fashion.
Bulbs for mild winter climates:
Snowflakes, Spanish Bluebells, Bearded Iris, Cyclamen, Sparaxis, Jonquils, Freesias.
Bulbs for frosty wintery climate :
Tulips, Alliums, Daffodils, Hyacinths,Nerines.
CompostingAutumn is THE time to gather all the fuel you require to create earthy gold compost.. If you have azaleas and camellias, they adore the rich mulch of oak leaves so don’t waste any of these by emptying them into the garbage bin.
Autumn FlowersAside from the loveliness that is in autumn/winter flowering perennials like Camellias, what other flowers are available at your local nurseries to brighten up the autumn garden? Try: ageratums, alyssums (sweet alice), snapdragons, marigolds, sweet peas, primulas (for color in shade), majestic lupins and pansies.
Autumn TreesAutumn is redecorating time in the garden. With the soil temperatures not frozen solid but still warm and the weather milder to encourage slow steady growth it is the BEST time to be transplanting shrubs, trees or planting out bare-rooted specimens. Or at least they have the best chance of surviving the shock of transplanting or planting. Autumn allows them the adequate time to settle into their environment and then go into dormancy in winter all ready for that spring burst of color. If you are planning on planting deciduous trees, now’s the time to pick them in their full glory. Choose between the deep reds, rich orange and luscious golds. The general rule for most deciduous trees is the colder the winters the more spectacular the colors.