August and September are good months to plant trees and shrubs

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Selection is slim this time of year, but full service nurseries have a wide selection of plants right now. Planting container plants now is fine, as long as you water the new plants frequently until they have established their roots. If you are planning a summer trip soon it would be advisable to wait until you return. Plenty of plants will still be available.

In addition to the normal selection, full service nurseries and garden stores have some specialized plants that are available now, including:

  • Evergreen conifers from miniature to dwarf to large trees up to 8 feet tall
  • Large deciduous trees up to 12 feet.
  • Large selection of Japanese maples and lace leaf maples and other small trees.
  • Large selection of blooming perennial flowers including: varieties of ornamental grasses; varieties of ground covers; hosta from large to miniature for shade; large sizes of blooming flowers that give immediate impact; hardy fuchsias in bloom; and large containers of dahlias in full bloom.


Many larger selections of blooming hydrangeas are available now. There are large pink flowered varieties in full bloom, a dwarf variety that grows only 2 1/2 feet, hydrangeas with pointed white panicle flowers that turn deep pink, and varieties which are repeat blooming.

Crape myrtle

Crape myrtle is normally a small tree that blooms in late summer. There are a large selection of shrub varieties in lavender, red, pink and other colors, many budded and ready to bloom, ranging in mature height from 3 to 10 feet.

Shrub roses

Shrub roses are resistant to diseases such as black spot and do not need repeated spraying. There are blooming plants in a range of colors and sizes. Drift roses grow only 2 to 3 feet. Easy Elegance and Knockout roses mature at 4 to 5 feet.

It’s always recommended to do rototilling or spading about 3 inches of bark dust into the soil before planting. This makes clay soils so much easier to work and plants also grow better.

During hot weather newly planted plants need daily watering for the first week and twice weekly watering for the first month. Apply enough water so it reaches the full depth of the root system

Enjoy your trip to view the lovely plants that will be a part of your landscape and enjoyed for years to come.