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Plant Spotlight - September
Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo'
One of the most popular varieties of red-twig dogwood, ‘Ivory Halo’ is special for several reasons. It is noted for its compact size (although it’s not a “dwarf”) reaching 4-6’ tall and wide. ‘Ivory Halo’ has beautiful variegated foliage, with its light green leaves edged in a creamy white. Tiny white flowers in spring give way to bluish-white fruit in summer. Fall leaf color is variable, but can range from salmon-pink to shades of purple and red. Perhaps the most notable outstanding feature of this multi-stemmed shrub is the bright red winter stems which are very showy against the white winter snow. Typically, new growth produces the best fall color, so with regular pruning, you will have a neat and tidy shrub with plenty of winter interest! Stems are a great addition to winter arrangements, complimenting cut greens, cones, and berries. Plant ‘Ivory Halo’ dogwood in full sun to part shade where you can best view the show-stopping winter color.
Just coming into bloom in gardens around our area is the delicate Japanese Anemone, also called windflower. Most varieties are clump-forming, and can tolerate full sun but prefer partial shade. Newer cultivars have been bred to be smaller and more compact, with older popular varieties reaching 2-4’ tall. Flowers begin blooming in late August and continue through October! Deer and rabbit resistant, Japanese anemone are a wonderful addition to a fall border. The delicate flowers range in color from pink to white and make great cut flowers. Popular varieties include ‘September Charm’ (pink flowers with yellow centers) and ‘Honorine Jobert’ (bright white flowers with yellow centers), which was honored as the Perennial Plant Association’s 2016 Plant of the Year!
Fall is the time when ornamental grasses really hit their stride! There are so many wonderful uses for ornamental grasses, including large specimen pieces, mass plantings, and border accents. Here are some of our favorites!
Pennisetum ‘Hameln’: clump forming grass reaching 2-3’ tall and wide; flowers are showy silver to pinkish-white, fluffy “cat tails” that bloom from August through October; will flower best in full sun.
Pennisetum ‘Little Bunny’: very similar to the above ‘Hameln’, but grows only to 12-16” tall; a perfect clump grass to border a walkway, or for a small container planting.
Panicum ‘Northwind’: one of the very best varieties of this native grass, ‘Northwind’ has beautiful bluish-green foliage during the growing season that turns yellow in fall; flowers are finely textured and branched, appearing to hover over the foliage; narrow clumps 4-6’ tall.
Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’: narrow-vertical growth of bright green leaves to 3’tall; feathery pink-tinged flowers give way to golden tan seed heads which are very showy; Perennial Plant Association’s 2001 Plant of the Year.
To-do list for the month of September
Order/buy spring flowering bulbs
But don’t plant them yet! The weather is cooling down and we're getting into bulb planting season. Planting bulbs in the fall is a simple way to ensure early-mid spring color. If you do buy bulbs in early September, wait a few weeks before putting them in the ground. If the soil is still very warm, the bulbs may think it's time to grow, resulting in winter damage. Wait until the nighttime temperatures average between 40-50 degrees. Plant your bulbs in a prepared pattern, or randomly for a more natural effect!
Re-seed bare lawn patches and lay fresh sod - WATER!
Fall is the best time to seed a new lawn! Most of the grass seed used in the Northeast contains cool-season grasses, so they love the cooler temperatures. You also have plenty of time before the next summer season for your lawn to get established. Be sure to give the seed a good base of top soil and compost, cover your new seed with straw, and WATER!! It is better to water less frequently with a high volume of water, than to water frequently with a low volume of water. Watering long and deep promotes strong and healthy root systems, which means a strong and healthy lawn!
Plant hardy mums and kale
Day and nighttime temperatures are reaching more comfortable levels, which means you can start planting ornamental mums and kale! Fall containers are always beautiful, combining the deep blue-greens and bright purples of kale, with the warmer autumnal colors of mums. Add colorful heucheras, ornamental peppers, and violas or pansies, and get ready for the compliments to roll your way!
Rake and compost leaf litter
The leaves are beginning to change, and it's a beautiful sight! Not so beautiful are the piles of leaves everywhere. Don't just rake them and put them out to the curb as trash - compost them so you'll have fresh organic matter for next year, or shred them and use as homemade mulch!
Plant perennials, trees, and shrubs
Fall is for planting! Cooler temperatures mean less stress for newly planted trees and shrubs. Even though some spring and summer-blooming perennials may be cut back in containers, they have a full season's worth of growth in their roots, so plant away! Just be sure to water all new plantings well. Weather dependent, fall plantings can be watered up to, and sometimes past, the week of Thanksgiving.