Many homeowners think spring when they think about planting. But gardening experts consider fall the best time to add trees and perennials to the landscape in Texas. Trees and perennials planted in the fall get a head start on establishing roots before summer returns.
Plant roots grow whenever the temperature is roughly above 40 degrees. Because their roots have been growing all fall and winter, plants burst into growth when spring arrives. The ground doesn’t freeze in our area so the roots should be fine. They gain the strength they need to deal with our harsh summer.
Unfortunately it’s not as easy to find native plant sales in the fall as in spring. Here are a few we know of. We’ll add to this list as we learn about more.
- September 30, Arlington. Our North Central Chapter is having a plant sale at River Legacy Park 10 am to 2 pm.
- October 7, Kerrville. Riverside Nature Center fall festival and native plant sale starting at 9 am.
- October 7, San Antonio. The San Antonio Chapter plant sale will be at Phil Hardberger Park from 9 am to noon.
- October 20-21, Austin. Native Plant Sale at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Details on their website.
- October 21, Glen Rose. Our Prairie Rose Chapter will have a plant sale on the square.
- October 28, Dallas. The Dallas Chapter will have a plant sale at the Good Local Market on Garland Avenue from 8 am to 1 pm.
The annual Houston Wildscape Workshop and plant sale has been cancelled due to Harvey.