Thursday, September 15, 2011

September's Garden Thoughts~

September, fall, autumn...a changing of the season from hot and humid to a comfortable coolness that takes some time for the mind as well as in the body.

September brings stark and vivid color to many trees and shrubs.

If, when planning your garden beds-thinking ahead a bit will allow for careful placement of small trees and shrubs that will grace your landscape with color you can be grateful for. ( as will those who enter )

Black Gum, Sweet Gum, Sassafras, and Sumac are all perfect plants for autumn color.  The gums and sassafras are trees that will eventually be large and spreading-however, they are slow growing and you can prune them to be smaller if least for many years.
They are heat and cold tolerant, not fussy about the soil they are planted in, and will thrive in sunny or part shade locations.

Most Stone Crop plants will deliver awesome color and they are perennial-which means they may die back to a degree in the cold months, but will come back with a mighty show in the spring.

Don't forget the vegetables for adding color to your autumn landscape...pumpkins, gourds, squash, eggplant, artichoke, sunflowers, and garlic chives will brighten up the garden and the dinner table.

Pumpkins are for more than Jack-o-lanterns...more about that in October....

It's hot tea time and Sage Hill Farms has the most delicious blends and tisanes-blended and made just for the discriminating taste.

Visit the website and make your choices while they are fresh from the fields.

Happy September~

Bea Rigsby-Kunz~

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