Fall Planting Ideas

Did you know fall is planting season for water efficient plants?  Pleasant fall weather allows roots to establish ahead of the rainy season. Natives and plants adapted to our hot dry summers appreciate the head start provided by planting in warm soils ahead of the rainy season.

While new plants may not be showing much in the way of fresh growth above ground, winter rains allow the roots to expand deep into the soil providing the basis for abundant shoots, leaves and bloom come spring and summer.

Pomegranates, which are natives of Northern Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Himalayas, have been in California since the 1770s.Tolerant of many soil types, including alkaline soils, heat and cold, and drought tolerant, it makes a good foundation shrub, hedge, accent or small tree. ‘Nana’ grows to 3 feet high by 6 feet wide.

Fall is also a good time to plant spring bulbs. Many narcissus, daffodil and brodiaea varieties do very well in Northern California.

Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is an early blooming daffodil that naturalizes and returns year after year as early as late December to brighten the winter garden. Narcissus and daffodils are one of the most cost effective, pest free, long term perennial plants available to most gardeners.

When shopping for bulbs it is a good practice to make sure the variety is a selection for your climate. Daffodils should be planted in full sun or at least in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. They should be planted three times the height of the bulb and will survive with very little summer water as they multiply each year.

Visit UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County website for a complete guide and recommended Fall planting list