Fall is a fantastic time for planting - the weather is cooler and rainfall is typically more consistent. Plus, even though outside temperatures are (mercifully!) falling, soil temperatures remain warm for a longer period, which allows roots to continue to grow and become established before winter arrives.
Another advantage to fall planting is that many plants (except evergreens) grow more slowly as they prepare to go dormant. This means they undergo less shock during the transplanting process. However, it is still vitally important that you keep plants watered well until they have gone completely dormant.
Fall is also a time when the leaves of many shrubs and trees turn brilliant colors. Now that Burning Bush (
) can no longer be sold in Maine (as well as many other states) due to its invasive nature, many outstanding alternatives are finally getting the attention they deserve!
ffer all of these flashy fall standouts listed below at Estabrook’s. All are native to North America except the Enkianthus: