You might think that spring, with the promise of new beginnings, is the ideal season for planting new perennials. Let us tell you a secret: it’s better to do it in the autumn. Yes really! And this is why.
1. Warm soil
In the autumn the soil in your garden is still nice and warm from the summer. Plants appreciate that as they acclimatise, and it gives them the chance to form new roots. Existing roots can also stretch out comfortably.
2. No need to worry about watering
There’s plenty of rain in the autumn, so your freshly planted plants will need little or no watering. The risk of drying out is far greater in spring.
3. Give your plants a head start
Because your plants have already been bedded in for a couple of months by the time spring arrives, they’re larger and will flower more beautifully than if you don’t plant them until spring. When the outdoor living season arrives, it also gives you a great excuse to just settle down in your deckchair to enjoy the spring sunshine and your new arrivals.
One more thing
It’s better to plant frost-sensitive plants after the winter. And if you want some colour on your patio during the winter, you can rely on winter heather, autumn violas, Osmanthus, box, laurel or Lawson cypress.
Plant now, lounge in the spring sun later. What a great idea!