Fall is finely here and there is no better time to add new plants to your landscape than now and during the coming months. By planting in the fall through early winter, we take advantage of the great opportunity we have in Louisiana to get plants established. Planting from October through January allows root growth to occur at a time when shoot growth and flowering are minimal.
Most trees, shrubs and ground covers are planted in the spring, but fall is really the best time to plant!
Trees can be planted in the next few months. Shrubs can be added to your landscape. Roses and flowering perennials do great when planted in the fall. You can also add cool season bedding plants to your landscape or in containers or planter boxes to enhance your patios and outdoor living areas. A new or renovated lawn can be sodded in the fall of the year with great results.
Some of the most popular and best trees for Louisiana landscapes include the Southern live oak, Southern magnolia (our state flower), bald cypress (our state tree), crape myrtles, deciduous oaks (nuttall, willow, southern red, shumard), southern sugar maple, hollies, vitex, evergreen sweetbay magnolia and pines.
Shrubs make up the main background plants for most home landscapes. Many home gardeners plant shrubs during spring, because that is when most of us think about gardening and that is when garden centers have the best availability. Selecting shrubs recommended for Louisiana, choosing a good-quality plant at your local independent garden center, following proper planting procedures, and providing recommended follow-up care will lead to success.
Popular shrubs planted in Louisiana landscapes include azaleas, camellias, sasanquas, hydrangeas, Indian hawthorns, loropetalums, viburnum, cleyera, ligustrums, dwarf yaupons, hollies and gardenias.
For landscape color, try the Knock Out and Drift series roses. Cool season flowers include pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons, garden mums, calendula, ornamental kale and cabbage and much more. Perennial flowers like gaillardia, verbena, coneflowers, Louisiana iris, daylilies and rudbeckia establish well when planted in the fall and will perform better next year when planted now.
A well-designed landscape most often contains both deciduous and evergreen plants. Seasonal change is accented by using both types. Create or renew a landscape with a variety of plants. This creates contrasting plant forms, textures, and colors. Using best management practices to properly place deciduous and evergreen plants in a landscape improves energy conservation during the summer and winter months.
Landscaping is a great way to give your home a beautiful appearance, as well as make outdoor spaces more useful and functional for the family. The benefits of a well-planned landscape are many, from providing shade, privacy and color, to correcting drainage problems and creating outdoor living areas.
Beautiful landscaping increases the value of your home by as much as 20% according to some estimates.
You can get tips on landscaping your home and information on recommended ornamental plants for Louisiana by visiting the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association website (www.lnla.org). There you can also find listings of landscape professionals and independent garden centers who are association members. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (www.ldaf.state.la.us) is also an excellent reference to find Louisiana licensed horticulture professionals to help you with major projects.
Fall is a great time to enhance your outdoor living spaces. The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association wants every family to plant together this fall. We want you to “buy it, plant it, grow it, love it”.
Posted on Fri, October 16, 2015
by Annie Coco, Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association