Gardening in the Fall, from Flowers to Fruits and More

Across Scottsdale, luxury homes are often presented from the backdrop of beautiful lawns and gardens. The state’s warmth and abundant sunshine make planting and growing easier, Arizona’s Garden Guy notes that fall is a prime time for gardening.

What to plant in fall

According to the University of Arizona, several flower species are best planted from September through December. They include the African daisy, asters, baby’s breath, begonias, carnations, cornflower, evening primrose and dozens more. “As a rule of thumb,” says Phoenix Gardening, “annuals can be planted October through April, citrus trees the fall and spring, bare root roses January and February.”

The mainstay of many Arizona gardens are the hardy perennials that take bloom in fall. “A great time to plant most perennials in the Phoenix area is November through March,” notes Phoenix Gardening. “This gives them time to establish their root systems before the hot summer arrives.” The same advice could well apply to the gardens surrounding Scottsdale’s luxury homes.

Fruits, herbs and vegetables
Growing your own edibles promotes healthy eating – and often your homegrown food just tastes better. Cool-season vegetables like beets, broccoli and carrots are best planted in late summer, so they can take advantage of the relatively cooler Scottsdale fall and winter to germinate. Herbs like rosemary, oregano and mint also take well to Arizona’s autumn climate, especially if some shade is available in your garden. Fruit can be a little more challenging, given the high late-summer humidity and possibility of insect visits. Early spring is best for most fruit gardens, but the end of summer is a good time for grapes, lemons and figs.