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There are many perennials and shrubs that will accent your
garden with beautiful fall color. Here are a few:
good in full sun to part shade and blooms from late summer
to middle of fall. Anemone bloom in pinks and white and
is an easy care perennial.
Montauk daisy (Nipponanthemum) prefers
full sun to part shade and has pretty white bloom. Bloom
time is late summer to early fall. Not only are Montauk
daisies easy to care for, but they attract butterflies.
Pink turtleheads (Chelone) grow
best in full to part sun. They prefer moist soil and will
grow to a height of 36”.
Asters like full
to part sun, they have purple flowers and bloom late summer
to early fall.
in many varieties. Here are a few.
Sheffield Salmon pink blooms with excellent
Bolero Golden daisy flowers.
Cambodian Queen Large pink flowers with
with fall color:
Ekianthus has brilliant fall color in shades
of scarlet. Plant in full sun.
Blueberry will show a mix of both red and
Clethra (also known as Summersweet) will
turn a yellow-green when autumn sets in.
Burning Bush has a fiery red fall color.
Fothergilla showy leaves with shades of
yellow, orange and scarlet.
Fall is a busy time in the garden. Now is the perfect time to start
cleaning, planning and planting.
Start by cleaning and weeding around your plants. After that it
is the perfect time to assess what worked and what challenged you
during this past growing season. Step back and take a close look
at your garden's spring and summer performance. Consider moving
poor performers to a better location, dividing aggressive growers
and possibly eliminating overly invasive plants from your design.
Now that you have cleaned up it is easier to assess what plants
you may want to add to your garden. You may need additional color
during "down times", when you have a gap in perennial
flower color. Many gardens start to fade in August, consider adding
additional tall phlox, anemone, monkshood and long blooming nepeta
and Russian sage.
Want a little help when designing your garden, talk to our garden
designer about a free consultation.
Bulb planting should also begin now. There are bulbs for almost
every area of your garden. Make sure to plant them at their
correct depth (usually 3-4 times the height of the bulb) and
water to get them established. Bulbs can fill those extra
special spots that you find after cleaning up your garden.
All of these spring blooming bulbs are easy to grow and require
One of the first bulbs to bloom is glory-of-the-snow (Chiondoxa).
When paired with scilla, chiondoxa makes a beautiful way to
start the spring growing season.
Crocus, grown in masses
in rock gardens, perennial borders or in clumps at your doorstep
are also wonderful way to usher in spring. Crocus work best
when planted as bouquets and need a sun or part-sun spot with
Daffodils are for
every garden.They are deer resistant, which makes them perfect
for woodland settings. They too need a well-drained soil and
look great planted in groups in a perennial garden.
Tulips in your perennial
garden combine beautifully with creeping phlox, pansies, bleeding
hearts, and lilacs. They work well in both informal gardens
and in more structured formal garden settings. Growing them
in between your perennials, will help hide their yellowing
foilage after bloom.
Allium are ornamental
onions. Their beautiful flowers create a fabulous show in
the garden. Shorter varieties of allium look great in a rock
garden or along a garden path. The taller varieties are the
show piece of your garden. They create a wonderful vertical
display. They grow best in full sun or very light shade, and
very well-drained soil.
Flavor to Your Garden
Herbs add interest to all of your dishes
don't need much space to grow and can be planted indoors or
out. Add them into an existing vegetable garden, flowerbeds
or containers. Parsley and chives make great border plants.
A row of potted herbs looks nice on a deck or patio. Pots
of herbs are also simple to grow indoors and can be grown
all year. Growing conditions vary depending on each type of
herb, but a general rule is to plant your herbs in well-drained
soil where they will get at least a half-day of sun.
Wherever you decide to plant your herbs, make sure they are
in a place where you can easily get what you need for your
cooking. Make sure to snip and use your herbs often to encourage
them to grow full and bushy. Never trim off more than one-third
of the plant. At the end of the growing season you can harvest
your herbs to dry or freeze them. It is best to harvest your
herbs in the morning when their oil content is at it's highest.
For more information on particular herbs, ask the staff at
Chestnut Hill Nursery. They carry all of the common varieties
like thyme, basil and oregano along with gourmet herbs like
lemon basil, African basil and chocolate mint.
Cook Like a Chef
- Add tarragon to any chicken salad recipe
- Layer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil then drizzle
with olive oil and vinegar for a fresh appetizer or light
- Snip chives into cream cheese to add flavor to your morning
- Parsley freshens up tuna salad
- Marinate steak with rosemary and olive oil
- Make your own fresh salsa with chopped tomatoes, peppers,
onions, jalapeños and cilantro
an Explosion of Color
by Decorating with Flowers
are a simple and long-lasting way to decorate for all of your
outdoor get-togethers! Create a vivid backdrop with bursts
of color from annuals, hanging baskets and container gardens.
Chestnut Hill Nursery's professional garden designer has created
containers and planters making it easy for you to add color
to your yard.
Summer blooming climbing vines bring their vibrant color off
the ground. Vines bring a vertical element to your garden
design -- whether you climb them on fences, poles, your house
or trellises. Chestnut Hill Nursery carries many varieties
including Jasmine, Mandevilla (in 4 colors), Morning Glory,
Clematis, Candy Corn and Mexican Flame Vines.
Don’t forget shrubs, bushes and trees add blasts of
color throughout the summer. Talk to the knowledgeable staff
at Chestnut Hill Nursery to find the colors you are looking
for and to learn when certain trees and shrubs bloom.
Mulch creates a great background to set off all of your brilliantly
colored flowers. We have bagged and bulk mulch for pick up
When designing your gardens think about how and where you
entertain. Plant your flowers where they can be seen. Create
interesting and fun arrangements that get your guests talking.
If you want some help with your design, talk to our garden
designers about a free at-home consultation. We also offer
full installation services.
Container gardens are still as popular as ever. They are the
perfect way to brighten up your front entrance, accent a deck
or patio or serve as a focal point in an area that is lacking
color. At Chestnut Hill Nursery we have a wide range of plants
and flowers perfect for containers. While you are picking
up your plants, don't forget to get containers. If you love
the look of container gardens, but don't want to do the work,
we have a large selection of plants and flowers already potted
The quality of your potting soil is just as
important as the flowers and container you choose.
make the mistake of cutting corners by using ordinary soil
from your garden or by purchasing poor quality soil. Containers
require a specific soil mix that will provide your plantings
with a good balance of moisture retention and also adequate
prepared for warmer weather
Now that the days are getting longer it's a good time to start
cleaning all of the dead organic matter around your perennials.
Prune back your perennials and cut your summer grasses within
2 inches of ground cover. Clean your beds of any rotting and
molding to assist in keeping them disease and pest free. Measure
your beds to determine how many yards of mulch you will need
to purchase to spruce up your yard.
You can also start preparing for your new plants by disposing
of the water-logged soils in your plant containers. Get your
garden tools ready by disinfecting them with a mild bleach
solution. Don't forget your pruning tools!