Tips for a fabulous fall garden

There truly is something about living in Canada and the love of fall. When most Canadians, and many of our American friends, think of fall we think of Eastern Canada or the East coast of North America. In Canada this mean places like Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island  with deep and vibrant colours of red, burgundy, orange and yellow. In Western Canada, some would say, we have beautiful fall colour in the Rocky Mountains around Banff and Jasper, and in and around Vancouver for British Columbia. Of course, being Canadian, we know there are many areas inside of Canada, but for some areas, leaves turning from green to yellow is the extent of fall colour.

The best reason for experiencing fall colour is simple.  Enjoying nature and what it has to offer. This can last for a long time in some areas of the country, or a quick change in others that suddenly experience colder temperatures. Shorter days and cooler temperatures start leaves to colour and eventually makes them drop. One thing Canadian gardeners have in common is finding ways to extend the season so we can still enjoy being outside.

Some great ways to achieve this goal is to think of having planters on display for four seasons. Give them a new look in each season and make use of props. For fall use gourds, pumpkins, bright leaves, real or fake, and plants with late fall colour like ornamental kale, pansies and garden mums. Don’t forget that some shrubs and perennials have red, purple, yellow and orange foliage all summer such as barberry, ninebark and coral bells. These can be great additions in fall because that is when we think of fall colours. Play leaf colours and leaf textures off of each other. Even shrubs and perennials can be temporarily used as annuals and replanted into the ground in the late fall making sure to water in well. Most importantly have fun with your planters. Leave rakes out or purchase some antique looking rakes. Add a painted sign that talks about fall. Change doormats to fall themes and seat cushions or decorative cushions to fall colours. If you have whimsical material hanging from pergola’s or patio curtains change their colours. When Halloween comes forget about just one pumpkin: buy many smaller, less expensive ones to make more of a mass statement.  We often do this with annual plantings but they can be very effective around entrance ways or focal points in the garden. If lacking for ideas look on Pinterest or search fall garden ideas or fall displays on your computer. So many great ideas are very simple and you will ask yourself why did I not think of that on my own?

Just because it is time to enjoy fall don’t forget about spring. Take some time outside to reevaluate the year and set a plan for spring. Collect perennial and annual seeds if you like to start your own plants over winter. Add compost to your garden and visit your local garden center to pick up Fall bulbs (plant in fall to enjoy in early spring) like Tulips, Crocus, Daffodils and Hyacinth. Winter will come but let’s fight it as long as we can in a fabulous fall garden.

Happy Gardening!


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 Guest post by Rich - Bylands Account Representative

My personal garden is now 23 years old and most of the trees 19 years. shrubs, evergreens and perennial beds are all bordered with large sandstone boulders.  Two reasons I have had to replant each year are: Shasta Daisy was a white German Shepherd and Georgia Peach is a caramel with white and black Shepherd, Husky something cross.  My dogs are always named after plants.