September Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • Select and plant shrubs and trees for fall color.
  • Plant winter pansies, ornamental cabbage and kales and spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Cut back or prune spring and summer perennials and divide if necessary.
  • Refresh summer containers by designing and planting new fall containers.
  • Add winter flowering hellebores or Erica carneas to your garden or containers.
  • Visit local dahlia growers to choose your favorites for next spring.
  • Keep all flowers picked.

Fruits & Veggies

  • Harvest veggies and herbs. Enjoy the bounty. Remember, raw or lightly cooked vegetables retain the most vitamins.
  • Plant a winter cabbage early in the month.
  • Sow winter choys and mustards.

The Lawn

  • Clean up yard and clear debris.
  • Plan and install new lawn with seed or sod.
  • Late in the month, begin fall lawn renovation, thatching, aerating, liming and overseeding.
  • When fall rain begins, use a 3-1-2 ratio organic fertilizer.

Around the House

  • Breathe a momentary sigh of relief as the kids head back to school.
  • Refresh and reorganize your home.
  • Clean and prepare your outdoor furniture for the winter.
  • Depending on the furniture material and manufacturer’s recommendation, cover the furniture, move the furniture inside or to your basement, or simply leave in place after cleaning.
  • Add a fall harvest wreath to your door.
  • It’s time to dig out your favorite “comfort food” recipes. Think soups and stews!
  • Bring your tropical plants indoors. Enjoy them in your home or let them go dormant in a dark place such as the garage. Water dormant plants lightly and infrequently.

CLIMBING
Don Juan
Golden Opportunity
Iceberg
Joseph's Coat 

DAVID AUSTIN (available in March)
Bonica
Claire Austin
Desdemona
Eustacia Vye
Gabriel Oak
Gertrude Jekyll
Golden Celebration
Olivia Rose Austin
Roald Dahl
Scepter’d Isle
Silas Marner
Teasing Georgia
The Generous Gardener
The Lark Ascending
The Poet's Wife

FLORIBUNDA
Angel Face
Chihuly
Ebb Tide
Hot Cocoa
Julia Child
Livin' Easy
Morning Glow
Sunsprite
Trumpeter 

GRANDIFLORA
Love
Queen Elizabeth
Uptown Girl

GROUNDCOVER
Flower Carpet Coral
Flower Carpet Pink
Flower Carpet Red

HYBRID TEA
Chantilly Cream
Double Delight
Fragrant Cloud
Heavenly Scented
Honor
Just Joey
Mister Lincoln
New Zealand
Perfume Factory
Sugar Moon
Touch Of Class
Veteran's Honor

MINIATURE
Gourmet Popcorn 
Lemon Drop
Midnight Fire
Ruby Ruby 

SHRUB
Blanc Double De Coubert
Bonica
Champagne Wishes
Coral Cove
Double Knockout
Head Over Heels
High Voltage
Kamir
Love & Peace
Oscar Peterson
Sally Holmes
Snowdrift
Sultry Night
Sweet Fragrance

Yellow Submarine

 BOLD = New for 2023