The light has become golden, and the crisp winds of autumn are lurking just around the corner. Enjoy the twilight of summer in the garden!
What To See
- Caryopteris is in full bloom, and asters and mums are starting to open.
- The first of the trees are beginning to change color.
- Butterflies are enjoying the late-summer flowers and basking in the sun.
- Winterberry fruits are starting to turn red, and the beautyberry fruits are shading to purple.
What to Do
- Take advantage of cooler weather to plant container-grown trees, shrubs, and perennials.
- Plant your containers and windowboxes with favorite fall annuals.
- Harvest pears, apples, everbearing strawberries, and autumn raspberries. Keep harvesting melons, tomatoes, peppers, and other warm-season crops too. Harvest potatoes after the tops die back.
- Finish up fall vegetable planting. Plant radish, onion sets, leaf lettuce, endive, and spinach for harvest later in the fall.
- Bring in poinsettias and amaryllis if you’ve had them in the garden all summer. Both amaryllis and poinsettia require a darkened and cool storage period.
- If you haven’t yet ordered bulbs for fall planting, shop for them now. Local garden centers will have a great selection of spring-blooming bulbs at this time, as will online sources.
- Continue cutting lawn at a minimum of 3” and mow in late afternoon or early evening to conserve soil moisture. Consider using an organic lawn fertilizer in late September.