Autumn is the perfect time to step back, assess your garden's performance, and make plans for what you'll tackle next. While there's much to learn from observing what's working well and plants that are thriving, it's equally useful to learn from what's not. So it's a great time to take note, especially of those plants that are struggling and/or not performing as well as you'd hoped.
A walk around your garden will reveal plants sending out distress signals: maybe some are a bit crispy around the edges because they’d prefer more protection from the hot afternoon sun; or others selected for flower aren’t blooming to their potential; and some plants are leaning toward to the light because they’re not getting enough of it. Also, don’t forget those that went into meltdown, looking like an unsightly hot mess when we had our summer heat wave. These are just a few of the telltale signs to be on the lookout for.
Me? I’ve got my eye on more than one area that’s ready for rehab. For instance, I have a lovely hydrangea that struggles year after year. It’s getting too much shade and not enough moisture. This year, I vow I will either move it or remove it, and fall is the perfect time to tackle that job. In its place, I’ll select a plant that’s better-suited for that position, and rest assured, there’s a plant for just about every spot, no matter how challenging.
And now that my garden is getting on in years, I’ve got a number of plants that have reached the end of their useful life with me. Even though there were specifically selected for slow growth and performed fantastically and beautifully for many years — the fact is, they just aren’t cutting it any more. They’re too big, too shapeless, too … meh. I garden in a small 50 x 100 plot and every plant is asked to earn its keep: time to be ruthless.
So as we head into fall and wave goodbye to summer, this is the perfect time to assess your garden and reflect on what worked and what didn’t.
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Post updated: October 5, 2018