When planning the fall changes in your garden, think about drought tolerant plants.
"A garden is a thing of beauty and a job forever."
— Richard Briers
• The cooler weather is perfect for working in the garden. Start fall cleanup.
• Despite a few last very hot summer days, fall is rapidly approaching with shorter days and cooler nights. Adjust irrigation timers as your garden requires less water
• Deeply water fruit and nut trees. Ideally, mature fruit trees should be irrigated to a depth of 3 feet.
• Prune and shape photinia now to avoid removing the attractive new, red foliage. Photinia can be pruned aggressively if the plant has grown too large.
• Deadhead and shape rose bushes to promote a final fall bloom.
• Finish dividing iris. Replant while conditions remain warm and dry, and share extra rhizomes with friends and neighbors.
• Plant winter and spring annuals and cool-weather vegetables from cell packs
• Annuals: snapdragon (Antirrhinum), English daisy (Bellis perennis).
• Perennials: Alstroemeria, Bellflower (campanula), chrysanthemum morifolium Geum.
• Fruits and vegetables: beets, carrots, plant from seed.
• Trees, shrubs, vines: abelia, acacia, horse chestnut (Aesculus), strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo).
• Annuals and perennials: alstroemeria, yarrow (Achillea), aster, begonia.
• Bulbs, corms, tubers: canna.
• Trees, shrubs, vines: barberry (Berberis), bougainvillea, butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii).
• Fruits and vegetables: almond, beans, corn.
• Fall color: maple (Acer), cotoneaster.
Things to ponder:
• A thick layer of mulch acts as insulation. If applied while the soil is still warm (55°- 65°) it can help extend the fall growing season.