GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Shorter days and cooler weather doesn’t have to mean an end to your garden.
In fact, Kenneth Stillwell of Carolina Seasons Nursery said if you’re thinking about sprucing up the landscaping around your home, it’s the perfect time to do it.
“Some of your shrubs, evergreen shrubs; it’s a good time to prune; get them cleaned up,” said Stillwell. “Do your mulching and get them prepared for winter.”
Now is also the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs.
“The plants are starting to go dormant now so you don’t have the stress of needing water and that kind of thing,” Stillwell said. “They’ll get time to get established, and next spring they’ll have a pretty good root system and they’ll take off and start growing.”
Fall is a perfect time to start thinking ahead to next spring. But, if you’re looking for some color, there are several options that’ll carry you through the winter.
“Pansies are probably the best plant because they will live all winter,” said Stillwell. “They’ll bloom off and on during the winter. When it gets really cold they’ll slow down, but in the spring they’ll pick right back up. There are some dianthus that make it through the winter, dusty miller; that kind of thing that will give you some color.”
It’s a little too late to plant many cool season vegetables, but collards and some varieties of lettuce planted now will grow through the winter. And don’t forget about bulbs. To get beautiful daffodils and tulips next spring, you’ll need to get bulbs in the ground before winter settles in.