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Planting Pitfalls: What You Should Never Plant In Your Garden In The Fall

Fall might seem like a fantastic time to get those broadleaf evergreens in the ground, given that they’re “evergreen” after all.

But here’s the thing: Plants like rhododendrons and azaleas are vulnerable to winter winds, which can really dry out their leaves, leading to a not-so-evergreen situation.

That’s why it’s best to wait until the warmer months to give these beauties a home. It’ll give you something to look forward to post-holidays, too.

Cold-Sensitive Shrubs: Wait Until The Spring

While we all wish our gardens were invincible, certain shrubs are a bit more, let’s say, sensitive to the cold.

Plants like oleanders and hibiscus may look great when you buy them in the fall, but they’ll struggle through a winter outdoors.

So, unless you’re willing to bring them inside during the chillier months, it’s best to wait to plant these varieties.

Summer-Blooming Bulbs & Annuals: Don’t Be Fooled

Tulips and daffodils? Great for fall planting. But summer-blooming bulbs like dahlias and gladioli? Not so much.

These guys need warm soil to sprout and plenty of sun to bloom, which they just won’t get if they’re planted in the fall.

The same goes for summer annuals like petunias and marigolds. Just hold that thought until spring.

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