Taking an End of the Season Look at Your Landscape
by David Salman
Now that fall is officially here (September 22nd, 2013 was the Fall Equinox), and your landscape plants are dropping their leaves, this is a great time to take a stroll through your yard because it’s easier to see the details. Fill up a mug of hot tea (or grab a bottle of beer) and take a leisurely look around. Enjoy some quiet time in your yard. And direct a critical eye toward what areas and plants were the standouts this year. Where are the places and plants that didn’t do well or were lacking color and texture? Take a note pad and write it down. Make some sketches. Get inspired for next year.
Take a list of plants you’re interested in planting along with you and identify where they would do best. And while you’re walking around thinking about putting some polish on your garden, I’d like to make a few suggestions that would help.
Look where the afternoon light shines into your landscape. This low angled sunlight defines the fall and winter garden. Are there places where some ornamental grasses could be planted to catch that light? Here are some warm season grasses (those that bloom in mid-summer into fall) to mark down to order for next spring: