The autumn season is slowly drawing to a close, and this means it’s time to be a bit more particular with the plants you grow as temperatures start nearing the zero mark. The frost doesn’t exactly do anything good for most plants, even the ones that are more resistant to chills.
Fortunately, there’s a small window of opportunity for you to retain that charming autumn look for your garden before winter starts billowing its cold winds and bringing in the ice.
Admit it; it is difficult decorating your garden when winter’s just around the corner. The plants, flowers, and vegetables that you planted mid-autumn may not exactly fare well when the temperatures start getting lower. The risk of your plants getting damaged by the cold is very high, and not all of us have dedicated greenhouses in our gardens.
Fortunately, there are select flowers and plants that thrive better in the cold. Spring bulbs, such as English Bluebells, Snowdrops, and Winter aconite, actually require a considerable period of cold dormancy before they bloom in the spring. The ideal time to plant any of these is during the fall. This is because even though they resist the cold better, they won’t exactly sprout in extremely cold conditions. You will have to wait for them to actually bloom in spring, but they do add some much needed color to your garden during the post-autumn season.
If you are more into vegetables, there are actually quite a lot that thrive better during the colder seasons. Carrots, lettuce, and cabbages are just some cold-loving vegetables you should plant during the fall season, as most of these tend to reach maturity before winter actually starts.
Carrots are perhaps the quintessential autumn vegetable, aside from pumpkins, of course. But, ideally, you should plant them earlier in the season since they tend to mature slower. On the other hand, you can plant lettuce, cabbage, and other greens later in the season since they reach maturity within a shorter amount of time.
Keeping the Green
Most grass species don’t exactly fare well during the cold, and it can be difficult maintaining your garden’s green color when the temperature starts going down. If you live in an area that’s relatively cold all year round, then cool season grasses are ideal.
Bluegrass and fescue are two examples of cold-loving grasses that you should invest in and start planting as early as September, although you can plant them as late as early November. Like spring bulb flowers, they require a considerable amount of cold dormancy to actually mature once spring comes.
It’s never too late for some fall gardening. Keep these plants and vegetables in mind if you’re planning to do some post-autumn gardening and decorating before winter comes.