Planting Tips to Give Every Gardner a Green Thumb
We don’t have to sacrifice color in the fall with the bounty of fall flowers available. It’s also an ideal time to think about pruning, dividing, and prepping those flower beds for the winter months.
- Wait to cut back perennials until after several hard frosts have hit, and only cut back a few perennial flowers, such as Bee Balm, Phlox, Peonies, Hosta, and Bearded Iris.
- Divide clumping perennials like Daisies, Phlox, Yarrow, Feverfew, Salvia, Chives, Daylilies, Hostas, and ornamental grass. Never divide a plant while in bloom and never divide single stem or tap-root plants.
- The best spring flower bulbs to plant in the fall are Crocus, Snowdrop, Muscari, Daffodil, Hyacinth, Tulip, and Allium.
From annuals to wildflowers and everything in between, this comprehensive guide from our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension has tips on planting, flowers, garden design, and how to preserve flowers.