The Garden In September
It may not officially be Autumn until later this month, but the crisp cool air make this a wonderful time to garden. The rains have slowed down a bit, so check for plants in the ground that need watering. Containers with annuals that have flowered themselves out can be refreshed with mums or asters. Some annuals can be cut back and will put out new growth to fill in. Keep well watered. Ornamental grasses are at their best now, with fluffy seed-heads glowing in the sun. Keep coneflower and black-eyed-susan stalks standing when the flowers fade. Birds will feed on the seeds. While you are out in the garden, think about where you might like to add spring bulbs. Order early and get them in the ground before the really cold weather arrives.