Fall is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs – including edible bulbs like garlic! It’s also a fantastic time to add flowering perennials, ornamental grasses, woody shrubs and native plants to your landscape. The cooler temperatures are less stressful for the transplant and there is still enough time before the soil freezes for the roots to get established. If you’ve been considering switching up your yard, buy local and take advantage of the Red Butte Garden 2017 Fall Bulb & Native Plant Sale.

ornamental grass with decorative seed head on display

When: Friday & Saturday (Sept. 29 & 30)

Where: Courtyard at Red Butte Garden (300 Wakara Way)

Cost: Free for Garden Members, general public must purchase an admission ticket ($12)

What to look for: Spring flowering bulbs, garlic bulbs, native and water-wise plants, ornamental grasses, flowering perennials and more!

echinacea blooming in the fall

For extra inspiration on what to plant, take a stroll through the USU Demonstration Teaching Garden at Wheeler Historic Farm. The Demo garden features a variety of native plants and ornamental grasses that are currently adding ‘fall interest’ to the garden.

native plants blooming in the garden

Once you’ve made your selection check out the USU factsheet “Fall Planting – Put Your Faith In It”  and the “Ask an Expert: Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Color Explosion” article. These offer great tips on how to plant and treat your new fall plantings.