KUSA - Soil cools down slowly in fall. It's an ideal time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as move or divide perennials. The roots will settle in quickly and the plants will thrive better than those planted the following spring.
Many garden centers have their perennial stock on sale, so that makes fall planting even more inviting.
Your garden may also improve by planting late bloomers such as asters, mums and ornamental grasses. Any perennial may be planted now and for about the next month for best results. When the current wet weather moves on, be sure to keep new plants moist throughout fall.
One of the best late bloomers is Sedum 'Autumn Joy.' Growing from 12 to 18 inches tall, the plant has jade green succulent leaves and brick pink flowers. As the flowers age they turn terracotta red and are striking even in winter. They are great for dried flower arrangements.
'Autumn Joy' is nearly--if not completely--free of diseases or pests and is drought tolerant, rock hardy and long lived. Most gardeners describe it as "unkillable." I agree. Every garden should feature this delightful plant.
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