This is a great time of the year to get bargain prices on plants. Though the ground in many areas is still able to be dug to enable one to plant, few people seem to realize that one can still plant perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees. In fact, this is a great time to plant. Besides saving money on plants from nurseries that desperately want to get rid of stock, by planting in the Fall, you are giving your perennials, shrubs, trees and bulbs a head start in root growth. And bulbs need to go in at this time of year so they get that cold snap that produces flowers in the spring.
A plant sale is coming up that you don’t want to miss. This sale will be held on Fri., Sept.11 through Sun. Sept. 13 at the Scott Arboretum on Swarthmore College’s campus. Even if you don’t want to buy any of the hundreds of varieties of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines or houseplants, you will enjoy this free event with free parking where there are tours of the gardens and mini lectures or individualized sessions with landscape designers to discuss your garden plan going on every 20 minutes. If you do purchase plants you will help support the new Wister Center . If you have never seen the grounds of Swarthmore College, you are in for a treat. The arboretum provides a display of the best ornamental plants recommended for Delaware Valley gardens. Over 4, 000 different kinds of plants are grown on the campus, selected for their outstanding ornamental qualities, ease of maintenance and resistance to disease. (Also, on the campus, but in a different location- so you have to ask for directions- Swarthmore College has the largest display arboretum of hollies in the US that is free to tour on your own.) Try not to miss this rain or shine Plant Sale event. The Scott Arboretum is located at 500 College Avenue in Swarthmore, PA 19081. The website is www.scottarboretum.org
For those of you who like to shop for garden items or plants at Smith and Hawken, check out their website for the discounts.Â One good coupon, that expires at the end of March, is for 30% off one item.