What’s going on in my North Texas garden in November?

Cooler weather has arrived, and the leaves are falling. Some of the best garden color of the year is here right now! Depending on what plants you have, this fall growth can last well into December. In addition to adding in pansies for winter color, other annuals like petunias will often enjoy a second bloom well into the beginning of winter.

Autumn blooms.Winter Flowering Plants
Camellias are known for their beautiful, waxy flowers that come in various colors, including white, pink, and red. They bloom from late fall through early spring, depending on the variety. Witch hazel produces unique, spidery flowers in shades of yellow, orange, or red from late winter to early spring. It’s a fragrant and attractive winter-blooming shrub. Hellebores, also known as lenten roses, bloom from late winter to early spring. They offer a range of colors, including white, pink, purple, and green. These hardy perennials are a great addition to winter gardens, and don’t forget their close relative the christmas rose. These are known for blooming right through the holidays. Finally, we have edgeworthia, also known as paperbush, features fragrant yellow flowers in late winter. The blossoms are unique and resemble small paper lanterns.

Pruning and Trimming
With the exception of oak trees, it’s just about time to look at pruning and trimming your woody plants. Prune deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant. This includes removing dead or damaged branches and shaping plants as needed. Don’t forget to mark low hanging branches before the leaves start dropping: The reduction in weight will cause the canopy to pop up higher and make it a little more difficult to ID low hanging limbs. Avoid heavy pruning of spring-blooming shrubs, such as wisteria, as it may reduce next year’s flowers. While we’re pruning and trimming, it’s also a good time to remove spent annuals and clear out dead or diseased plant material. This helps prevent pests and diseases from overwintering in your garden.

Leaves: Rake them?
While leaf litter can create amazing compost, it’s usually not a great idea to let it pile up on your lawn or garden beds. One option is to use a mulching mower to chop up the leaves and allow them to fall in-between the blades of grass. This keeps the nutrients in the soil while allowing your lawn to breathe, and it helps to reduce some fungi that can be detrimental to your lawn. Compost is another great option if you have room. Some people prefer their garden beds to be nice and clean, but those plants still want the nutrients. A compost bin can be an effective way to maintain a neat yard and garden while providing you with nutrient dense material. Simply add a little bit before adding mulch to your beds, and remember that a little goes a long way. On the other hand, a nice layer of leaves on a dormant bed provides excellent insulation for the roots against the cold and encourages the growth of native critters.

Autumn blooms.Planning for Spring
Your spring flowering bulbs such as crocuses, tulips, and daffodils should be in the ground now. When planting spring bulbs check the soil depth requirements for each species as some prefer to be right up near the surface while others prefer to be a little deeper. This is also the time to start work on any irrigation or hardscape projects. As our garden starts to go dormant it’s a good time to do an irrigation audit and make any needed repairs. It’s also a good time to make any hardscape changes or additions when plants are dormant in order to reduce damage to them. While you’re doing this, don’t forget to start any design or planning for spring plants. Most plants are not available year-round, and planning for your spring garden may mean talking to your gardener or nurseryman to narrow down dates when certain species are best planted.

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