September Gardening Checklist

SEPTEMBER BLOOMING PERENNIALS:

Monk’s Hood (Aconitum) – Anemones – Asters – Bolton’s Aster (Boltonia) – Plumbago (Ceratostigma) – Chrysanthemums –
Snakeroot (Cimicifuga) – Coneflower (Echinacea) – Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium) – Cranesbill (Geranium) – perennial Sunflower (Helianthus) –
Daylilies (Hemerocallis) – Rose Mallow (Hibiscus) – Lavender (Lavendula) – Catmint (Nepeta) – Obedient Plant (Physotegia) – Black-Eyed-Susan
(Rudbeckia) – Sedum Autumn Joy & others (Sedum) Monk’s Hood (Aconitum) – Anemones – Asters – Bolton’s Aster (Boltonia) – Plumbago (Ceratostigma) – Chrysanthemums – Snakeroot (Cimicifuga) – Coneflower (Echinacea) – Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium) – Cranesbill (Geranium) – perennial Sunflower (Helianthus) – Daylilies (Hemerocallis) – Rose Mallow (Hibiscus) – Lavender (Lavendula) – Catmint (Nepeta) – Obedient Plant (Physotegia) – Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia) – Sedum Autumn Joy & others (Sedum)

SEPTEMBER BLOOMING SHRUBS & VINES:

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) – Blue Mist (Caryopteris) – Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) – Hydrangeas – Sweet Autumn – Clematis (Clematis paniculata) – Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

PERENNIAL GARDEN:

_ Plant some mums Asters, Montauk Daisies, Ornamental Kale & Cabbage, Fall Pansies, Sedums.
_ September is a good time to divide your perennials.
_ Plant Spring blubs and cover with chicken wire to deter animals from digging.
_ Dig, dry & store summer bulbs when they mature. Bring in your Dalhia bulbs!
_ Divide & replant daylilies & iris if they are overcrowded.
_ Daffodils & daylilies can be planted in the same bed – the emerging foliage of daylilies will hide the drying
foliage of the bulbs.

ANNUALS & VEGGIES:

_ Harvested Herbs should be hung upside down to dry, allowing the oils to flow into the leaves. Most herbs dry
best in a dark area that is 70* to 80*F, with a slight draft.
_ Harvest seeds of dill, coriander & caraway by hanging stems with the seed heads enclosed within a paper bag.
_ Pull onions when the tops have dried. Leave them in the sun for 3 or 4 days to cure.
_ Pumpkins, gourds & winter squash should ripen on the vine & be harvested with stems intact. Cut stems
about 1” from fruit. Once harvested, leave them outside for 3 or 4 days to season. Dispose of old vines to
prevent insects & diseases from overwintering in the garden.
_ Wash tomato stakes with disinfectant as you finish with them for this year.
_ Harvest sunflower seeds for feeding the birds or for next year’s flowers.

TREES & SHRUBS:

_ Fall is an ideal time for planting trees, evergreens & shrubs

_ When planting woody ornamentals water them well until the ground freezes.
_ Harvest Pears when they reach full size.

LAWN CARE:

_ September is the best time to seed or repair a lawn – because of favorable conditions such as cooler nights,
increased moisture & no weed or crabgrass competition… all these factors will contribute to spectacular results.
_ Don’t let a new lawn seedbed dry out.