We are having the most welcome and refreshing rains…drought busting rains – thank goodness!  The cooler temperatures and rain are some of the reasons why there is no better time than right now to update your garden landscape.  Your garden has no chance to be fabulous next spring unless you implement some key elements this fall.  Best of all, all of the nurseries are restocking their inventories  with wonderful fresh plants from California and Oregon, and the greenhouses are stocked with fresh and fragrant pansies and the offers from bulb companies abound.

You know by now, my good gardeners, that timing is everything with gardening – and this month is the critical month to nail timing!  Beautiful lawns of lush rye and fescue, planters filled with colorful pansies, tulips and daffodils in all their glory and trees filled with spring flowers – plan for all of this now – and get planting if you haven’t already done so.

Top Things to do in October

  • Enjoy the best weather of the year.
  • Fire up your outdoor fireplace, pit or chimenea – throw on some fresh pinon for good measure.
  • If you want green grass during the fall, early winter and early spring – and have a Bermuda grass lawn, scalp and over seed with a blend of rye and fescue this month for best results.
  • Before you remove your summer annuals – walk through your gardens and assess the winners and losers – make a mental note, take a picture, or jot this down in your garden journal.
  • Last call for bulb orders and plant as they arrive. Remember the “early, middle, late” mantra when ordering. And think sweeping drifts, not tulips planted in onesies and threesies.
  • Pay special attention to areas to cleanup around peonies, roses and other flowers that are prone to fungal diseases; don’t leave any debris in place.
  • Don’t completely deadhead faded perennials, biennials and annuals if you want to collect seed (non-hybrids only) or wish to let them self-sow for next year’s show. Nicotiana, poppies, larkspur, and many others fall into this leave-alone group; some plants must be left in place or seeds shaken around during cleanup to ensure the next generation. Plants with showy or bird-friendly seed heads, like coneflowers, also get a stay of execution.
  • Sow seeds of poppies, larkspur and cosmos – this will add a cutting garden dimension to your garden next year.
  • Continue to enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be swarming with them.

I wish this photo was taken around here in Central Oklahoma…

this is northern Oregon.


A beautiful autumn day – somewhere else…


Aspens in Park City last fall…so stunning!


The Gingko will be fabulous this year… I have now planted 6 of these!


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My Karen Adams calendar has a cute witch’s hat on this month…but I’m only thinking about gardens and the transition from summer to fall. So many people think that Spring is when you plant landscape plants and plan gardens…but there is no better time than right now. Your garden has no chance to be fabulous next Spring unless you implement some key elements that will contribute to that wow – Easter parade yard next March and April. The best part of all, is that now the nurseries restock with wonderful fresh plants from California and Oregon, the greenhouses are stocked with fresh and fragrant pansies and the offers from bulb companies abound.

I tell my garden friends and clients that timing is everything with gardening – and this month is the critical month to nail timing! Beautiful lawns of lush rye and fescue, planters filled with colorful pansies, tulips and daffodils in all their glory and trees filled with spring flowers – plan for all of this now – that’s right October.

The photo on the top is from my backyard one week after the Bermuda was scalped and over seeded with a hardy blend of rye and fescue


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This photo is a week and half after over seeding – notice the peat moss? It is the most incredible product to use when over seeding it is wonderful for leveling and filling in dry patches or other areas after you have over seeded. It has an inherent ability to stay moist which is what you want for your seed. Once you over seed your lawn it must not dry out….couple of weeks later and you are ready to have it mowed! This is my secret weapon for doggy spots. . . just keep a container of peat moss and grass seed if it stays moist you will have new grass in one week.


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Not quite two weeks after over seeding – and next Spring it will look even more lush and green!

Remember I said I would post pictures of my English roses if they bloomed again this fall…well here they are….Look at these David Austin “Abraham Darby”….not quite the Spring flush – but beautiful new fresh and fragrant blossoms – I love the cool autumn weather.


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And my favorite companion plant to every rose – clematis vines! This is good old fashioned “Jackmanii” – in all his purple glory! It looked just like this last May – now with the cool October weather it comes back to life in a wonderful and surprising way.

Top Things to do in October

  • Enjoy the best weather of the year.
  • Fire up your outdoor fireplace, pit or chimenea – throw on some fresh pinon for good measure.
  • If you want green grass during the fall, early winter and early spring – and have a Bermuda grass lawn, scalp and over seed with a blend of rye and fescue this month for best results.
  • Before you remove your summer annuals – walk through your gardens and assess the winners and losers – make a mental note, take a picture, or jot this down in your garden journal.
  • Continue to enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.
  • Don’t forget to get your tulip order placed – they go in next month.
  • Begin summer annual clean-up and removal – best to get pansies in by the end of the month.

Fall Gardening Tips

Absolute best in show this month the fabulous gingko tree!

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From a gardening perspective, I thoroughly enjoy turning the page on my cute Karen Adams calendar to September. Maybe it’s just a mental thing….maybe it’s being worn out from all of the hand watering and fretting over my English Roses….but I’m just so glad September is here.

It never ceases to amaze me how plants almost immediately react to cooler / less humid weather. They perk up almost overnight as night time temps get back into the 60’s instead of the 80‘s. This perkiness on their part calls to me, and I am happy to go out into the flower beds and start cutting away at those brown leaves- those leaves that July and August left their mark on….fresh cutting, a drink of water, and milder temperatures suddenly our gardens look as though we live somewhere else…someplace that doesn’t have the terrible heat we endure.

It’s fun to look around and see what is really standing tall and looking good as we go into September and Indian Summer.

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Blanket flowers do really well in this part of the country and this is the time of the season when they look particularly beautiful. This crop of Gaillardia almost looks like someone got out a paint brush and painted them.

Gardening in September

Salvia “Victoria Blue” as a backdrop to penta and zinnias.

How to Garden in September

If you have read my blogs you know this is on my “top ten” must have in the garden list. Salvia “Victoria Blue” has bloomed all spring and summer and still looks perfect. Now the butterflies and hummingbirds are all over it! Most all varieties of salvias do really well in this part of the country, but I am in love with this tall true blue flower in my garden tapestry.

Tips for Gardening in the Fall

This deep rose penta also looked good all summer – the hummingbirds seem to love this plant. Oddly I lost every single white penta – I’m thinking too much rain in May….won’t plant it again in my beds.

September Garden Tips

New to my flower beds this year is this charming zinnia. I was very skeptical when I planted it, as my zinnias always get powdery mildew and I don’t like that in my garden. Anyway , I have not touched this zinnia – I haven’t cut it back one time – and it has bloomed non-stop from the beginning of late spring and it looks like it’s going to bloom strong until I have to pull it out to plant pansies.

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Look at the health of the leaves – July and August had no impact at all on this plant. To say that this is a new plant on my must-have list is an understatement – yeah a new plant!

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Love the way my garden tapestry looks along my cobblestone walkway.

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Periwinkle blue Plumbago looking even better than when it was planted in late spring. Tall enough by the end of summer, it towers above most of the plants in your flower bed the wind will gently toss those beautiful clusters of periwinkle blue which only adds interest to Plumbago.

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It really does thrive in the heat and full sun and often looks the very best this time of year.

Gardening Tips for September

This white guara towers above my 2 plus feet Angelonia!

How to garden in September

This plant has also looked good all summer and it’s just wonderful that it is still looking so good – like butterflies moving around in the wind. Perfect plant at the rear of your plantings where they can stand tall – and also get a little support from plants in front of it.

How to garden during the fall months

Of course you know lantana loves the heat – so it has continued to grow and thrive through July and August and now just looks really full and lush with lots of flowers – I put this lavender variety in my flower box at the end of June knowing it would take the heat – it looks good and did the job I wanted it to do.

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Daisies & White Penta

I don’t have a photo to show you …. sadly I lost about 25 plants of daisies and several flats of white penta. I think it was a water issue – probably too much vs. to little….won’t be on my list next year. I really hate it when I lose so many perennials. On the other hand I had about 35 Stargazer lilies – and they were outstanding in June!

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This is “Abraham Darby” and “Henrii” clematis using the rose as a natural trellis.

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These English roses were planted last spring.  I am quite certain by mid-summer next year the copper wire supports will be filled with their foliage and hundreds of fragrant roses.

Gardening during September

Nearly every month I encourage you to support your climbing roses and vines. My roses have grown all summer even during the hottest months of the year. I am positive they do this because my wonderful husband will go out on Sundays and add more copper wire to the rose “cages” he has constructed. Next month and even in November, I believe we will see some beautiful English roses and even a few errant flowers of the various clematis I have growing amongst them. I will post pictures if they do….

Top Things to do in September

  • Take a break from daily container watering!
  • Turn back the sprinkler a few notches….less water is okay now.
  • Do some garden clean-up – make your garden look like July and August were not that hot!
  • Continue to support your roses and climbing vines.
  • If you are a true gardener – you have already scouted out the nurseries for some new provisions….it’s a great time to replace casualties of the summer weather / and long vacations away from your garden.
  • Assess your garden design and plant selections – this is a good time to jot down notes from your summer successes and failures.
  • Enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.
  • Place your tulip and spring bulb order for best selection.
  • Start planning for the fall garden chores – October is just around the corner.

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