Our picks for the very best bulbs, greens, trees, and more to set out now for a vibrant garden come spring.
Fall is ideal for getting plants into the ground
Prime time for planting
The time is right to get growing! Tempting as it may be to buy plants in spring when they're looking full and luscious, fall is actually ideal for getting most ornamentals and cool-season edibles into the ground. Summer's peak heat is behind, the soil is still warm, and the next few months can bring soaking winter rains. That means immediate and deep root growth for all kinds of plants that reach their prime in spring, if not before. Here are our top picks, including some surprises--plus tips for planting them.
Replace the lawn with low-water grass
Traditional lawns need lots of water to stay lush-looking. But if you're getting serious about slashing your water bill, now's a good time to plant or replace the usual lawn with a low-water grass such as blue grama or a fescue blend such as Eco-Lawn (pictured; wildflowerfarm.com). In warm-winter areas, start seed in fall;