An important factor for ensuring success in growing perennials is preparing them for their winter dormancy. Unlike annuals, only the top growth of the plant dies back each year. The root growth underground remains alive, and continues to develop for the next growing season. Therefore, it is vital that perennial plants have protection while they rest.
Plant fall bulbs! Plant now fall to enjoy spring’s first blooms - crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost so the bulbs will stay cool all winter. Dig holes for bulbs and fertilize before replacing soil