September Flower Garden Tips

Do you have a flower garden or maybe a container garden? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips from your friends at Merrifield Garden Center. September is a good time to…

  • Take cuttings of your tender annuals, such as basil, begonia, coleus and geraniums. Root them in water or potting mix to grow indoors over the winter.
  • Replace summer annuals with asters, chrysanthemum or pansies.
  • After you plant fall flowers, apply weed preventer to the landscape beds to prevent chickweed, bittercress and other weeds from taking over.

You also might be interested in these free, upcoming gardening workshops.

Fall and Winter Container Gardens. Saturday, September 21, 10 am – 11:30 am. Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks location.

The Pollinator-Friendly Garden. Saturday, September 28, 10 am – 11:30 am. Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks location.

I think I’ll go to the first workshop. I spoke with a Merrifield gardener about planting pansies when you don’t have a yard. She told me that pansies like sun (my patio is sunny) and they would do well in a container. The important thing to remember is to keep the soil moist (if there has not been rain) because plants in containers can easily become too dry.

Pansies provide fall color well into the winter, she told me. After the first frost, they die back, but they come back for an encore in the spring, which lasts until about May.

I also asked about the mums in pots. A few times, I have bought a plastic pot of mums from Walmart and put them on my patio, but they never seemed to last very long, so I asked why. She said it was because mums actually do better when taken out of the pots they are sold in and planted in the ground.

That’s the nice thing about Merrifield Garden Center. There’s always someone around to ask advice.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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