What should I plant this fall that blooms next spring?

August 11th, 2020

Just because summer is slowly beginning to wind down does not mean the planting does! In fact, there are plenty of things that you can plant now that will be ready to bloom next spring.


Late summer and fall are great times to plant woody shrubs on the Front Range. We still have warm enough temperatures to encourage active growth of roots and shoots to help get the shrubs established before the winter, giving them a leg up in the spring! By establishing your shrubs this fall, it allows them to develop roots to help provide nutrients for flower buds for next year.


Many trees can actually be planted year-round in northern Colorado but fall (mid-August to late October) is in many ways an even better time than spring to plant trees. The extreme summer heat has passed, meaning your trees have a lower chance of becoming stressed. Also, fall rains can help the trees to establish their roots, giving them a head start of strength for next spring. A few examples of trees that can be planted in the fall include crabapple, linden, London planetree, pine, spruce, elm, maple trees, and many more. If you are unsure about planting a tree in the fall or how best to promote its growth for next spring, ask one of our staff members at Fossil Creek Nursery!


Perennials love cool fall weather which promotes their root growth. By springtime, they will be ready to bloom into an array of beautiful colors! After planting your perennials into the ground, water them and cover the area with mulch. This will help keep the new roots from freezing. If we do not receive at least an inch of rainfall each week, water your plants manually until the ground freezes. Perennials will go dormant during the winter and then spring back to life next year.


Believe it or not, you can plant vegetables in the fall and harvest them in the spring! August is a great time to plant some vegetables because the soil is still warm, and they will have time to establish their roots before the first freeze (usually around September 18 in northern Colorado). Some veggies that can survive the winter include onions, garlic, asparagus, carrots, turnips, and shallots. Note that many vegetables that can be planted in the fall grow underneath the ground, so it is wise to leave a marker so that you don’t accidentally dig them up when planting your spring crops next year!


No matter what you are planting this fall, keep in mind that these plants will continue to establish over the next several months and will require watering (they even use some water during the winter months when they are dormant). Are you ready to get started on your fall planting? Stop by Fossil Creek Nursery to speak with an associate about finding the perfect plants, trees, and shrubs to put in the ground today! Visit us at 7029 S College Ave and browse our selection.