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Hydrangea Heart Throb

As the summer doldrums linger into September, it’s time to look ahead to fall into the landscape. Now plan ways to change your garden once the real planting and transplanting has started between late October and January.

If you’re like me, you probably have shrubs or perennials that haven’t done well where they’re currently planted. I’m making a list of these – a few hydrangeas, variegated Osmanthus Goshiki (also known as false holly), abelia, a few smaller gardenias, and a few Encore azaleas. These will be moved to new locations more suitable for optimal growing conditions as the weather cools.

Get out your gardening books or do an Internet search for the plants you’re concerned about to learn more about caring for them. Most, like the ones mentioned above, can be maintenance-free once they’re established.

Have you planted shrubs, like broomhead hydrangeas, that get too much sun? They prefer morning sun and a northeast exposure with protection from high winds, so October will be a good time to relocate them. And remember that mopheads, the blue and pink bloomers, should be pruned right after they’ve finished their summer show. I pruned mine long enough this year to make up for several years without pruning. I expect a good harvest of flower heads in July next year. They will have a good feed with a slow release fertilizer as soon as the weather warms up in April to push them on.

Do your Ever-Blooming azaleas only produce flowers in the spring? It’s time to bring them out of the shadows. The callbacks should provide an impressive show in the spring, then a more reserved bloom in late summer until another fine show from August to October. However, they need full sun to do their magic.

Start with containers for fall

Here are some newcomers to consider for fall plantings that are especially good for large container gardening year-round. Keep them moderately watered and they will overwinter and be ready for spring and summer color:

Hydrangea Heart Throb – with deep red flowers, this “mop head” variety likes partial to full shade and grows approximately 3 feet by 3 feet. From living plants of the south.

Infallible Gardenia – compact and upright, this rebloomer has fragrant white double flowers and thrives in full sun to partial shade. From living plants of the south.

Still azalea of ​​autumn fire – this reblooming dwarf azalea offers four seasons of color with blooms in spring, summer and fall, as well as winter foliage that turns purple and bronze; it likes full or partial sun. From Encore Azalea.

Stunning little roses – a true miniature Knock Out that flowers in fire engine red, it matures to 18 inches tall. It is perfect for containers or as an edging near your driveway. They need full sun and they will reward you with pops of color from spring through fall.

All container plantings require more watering than those in the ground. Even during the winter, make sure the soil does not dry out.

These and other newly released shrubs are available at Lanier Nursery in Flowery Branch, as well as Home Depot. You can also order them online.

Hall County Master Gardeners Show

For a great selection of plants, from trees and shrubs to ferns and evergreens, visit the Hall County Master Gardeners Fall Garden Show Friday and Saturday September 23-24.

Taking place at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, vendors will sell native plants, fall vegetable seedlings, gardening tools and accessories.

Admission is $2 per person; No animals please. For more informationvisit

Photo: Courtesy of Southern Living Plants


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