By Nita Schiro
September has come and gone and the Fall season is here! Montgomery County Master Gardeners are making final preparations for a great plant sale and you don’t want to miss it.
Make plans to come out early for the best selection from popular varieties you have come to expect from MCMGA. Fall is the perfect time for planting in our area. The weather begins to cool and over the winter, plants have a good chance to establish roots before spring arrives!
If you need a shrub or tree, consider planting Sweet Almond Verbena or the White Vitex. Both have beautiful white blooms and will be a nice addition to your garden. We will also have native plants, including include Salvias, Red Turks Cap, and native grasses. Plant a few of these varieties and you will enjoy both spring and fall blooms. In addition, there will be hundreds and hundreds of perennial varieties for you to choose from. If you need help deciding, we will be happy to assist you.
Master Gardeners love plants that attract pollinators, and once again we will offer bee and butterfly enthusiasts and hummingbird watchers a beautiful assortment of plants that attract pollinators to the garden. Mexican Honeysuckle, White Dutchman’s Pipevine (host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail), Flame Acanthus, Lemon Bee Balm, Purple Porter Weed and the Hummingbird bush are just six examples of pollinator favorites.
Be sure to save room in your wagon for fall vegetables and herbs! October is the perfect time to plant vegetables and herbs and we have everything you need to get started. Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Brussel Sprouts, Asian Greens and much more.
Check out the complete Fall Plant Sale list available on the MCMGA website. (http://www.mcmga.com/mcmga-2017-fall-plant-sale-list/) Updates may be made to the list before the sale date.
The Texas AgriLife Extension grounds are located at 9020 Airport Road in Conroe. Join us at 8:00 a.m. for the Plant Sale preview by Extension Horticulture Agent Michael Potter – then shop from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
Don’t forget to bring your wagon if you have one.