Divide, transplant and label perennials. As these plants die back in the fall, it is a great time to divide older plants. Complete divisions by mid October to allow the roots time to establish themselves before winter. Be sure to keep newly divided plants watered.
Garden Tip #2
Collect seeds from perennials and annuals, leaving at least a few seedheads for the birds! Then compost spent annuals along with fallen leaves.
Garden Tip #3
If you have thin or bare areas in your lawn, seed and mulch them to reduce erosion and weeds. Also, get your bermudagrass or Zoysia lawns ready for winter by increasing the cutting height this month. This helps buffer these grasses from cold damage.
Garden Tip #4
Start bringing house plants back indoors and inspect for insects. As the temperature begins to drop, watch your plants closely in the evening.
Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, prefers a fertile well-drained sandy loam, moderately acid to neutral pH. 1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, orange flowers,
Germination Code: C(30)
Native Region: Statewide
One of showiest native wildflowers. Colorful, hardy, long-lived and carefree. Slow to emerge in spring. Has a deep tap root and resents disturbance. Blooms for 8 to 10 weeks on more. Some seed companies offer an uncommon strain called a “clay buster” which is native to clay soils. Attracts butterflies and bees, particularly a Monarch butterfly magnet.