Yesterday I started moving perennials from the deck/bench out into the gardens. I find that the lighter-colored mums are easier to see from distance, so will keep the darker ones toward the house.
It seems that this year Ohio mum growers have had a bumper crop and the selection and lower prices are reflected at the store. I'm stocking up - gorgeous 8" mums for half the usual price. While I don't have the exact space (yet) for all that I want, I'm going to overwinter a handful back in one of the new raised beds.
I've never paid much attention to late-blooming perennials before. Sure, I've always had a couple of mums. But this year the established mums are just outstanding and are overtaking the bird bath.
I've had time to reconsider my Fall bloomers: mums, sedum, montauk daisy, asters. Usually I cut down all the weedy perennials after frost. This year, however, I decided to cut some down in mid-September. Not so much to get a start on shutting down the gardens, but to allow these Fall bloomers to better display instead of screening them with other faded perennials.
Honestly, I don't remember a September with this much color. Battling drought and deer, while crazy annoying, did let me come away with some valuable garden insights (deer don't eat mums and they are very drought tolerant) to file away for future use.
Nice weather for the next few days. I'll be planting shrubs and perennials and thinning out the jungle on the deck.
How's your Fall gardening going?